Governor's Urban Scholarship FAQs

About

What is it?

This scholarship offers grants to high-achieving students living in certain NJ cities: Asbury Park City, Camden City, East Orange City, Irvington Township, Jersey City, Lakewood, Millville City, Newark City, New Brunswick City, Paterson City, Plainfield City, Roselle Borough, Trenton City, Vineland City.


Eligibility

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, you must be able to fill out the NJ Alternative Application. See the requirements for that here. You must then meet these additional requirements:

  • Reside in one of the designated communities (Asbury Park City, Camden City, East Orange City, Irvington Township, Jersey City, Lakewood, Millville City, Newark City, New Brunswick City, Paterson City, Plainfield City, Roselle Borough, Trenton City, Vineland City) at time of high school nomination.
  • Be in the top 5% of your class with at least a 3.0 GPA at the end of junior year of high school.
  • Have lived in NJ for at least the 12 months prior to applying.
  • Be accepted at and enroll in a participating NJ institution.
  • Complete the NJ Alternative App.

If you satisfy these requirements, you're eligible for the scholarship, regardless of your immigration status.

What institutions are eligible?

See this list for institutions that qualify for all NJ state grant programs.

I was eligible when I graduated high school, but Dreamers/undocumented students couldn't access state aid then. Am i eligible now?

Yes! If you received notice of your eligibility in your senior year of high school but couldn't accept the award because of immigration status, call HESAA (and your school, if you're enrolled already) and explain your situation. You should remain eligible for this award, provided that you meet all of the criteria for the NJ Alternative Application and the Governor's Urban Scholarship.


Apply

How do I apply?

There's no formal application process. Your school will nominate you in the fall of your senior year of high school, and you should receive notice from the state in December about eligibility. You can then choose to accept the award or not.

Can i appeal the award decision?

If you think you're eligible, contact your high school counselor, because they're in charge of the nomination process. Under the new law, if you can fill out the NJ Alternative Application, you're eligible to be considered for this award. You should hear from the state in December. Remember that award amounts may change every year based on how much money the government puts aside for the program.


More questions?

CONTACT US!

Get in touch with Nedia Morsy (nedia.morsy@maketheroadnj.org, 908-967-3478‬) with any further questions or help with your application!