What is it?

NJ GIVS pays up to $2,000 per year or up to the cost of tuition for an eligible certificate or degree program at a New Jersey technical/vocational school or county college.


Am I eligible?

To apply for NJ GIVS, you must be eligible for the NJ Alternative Application. You can learn more about what's required for that here. You must then meet the following criteria:

  • Be a female or minority (Black, Hispanic, Asian American including Pacific Islander/Hawaiian, American Indian, or Alaskan Native).
  • File the NJ Alternative Application.
  • Have an annual household income below $60.000.
  • Enroll in one of NJ's county colleges, county vocational technical schools, or proprietary trade schools as long as the school is affiliated with an institution that participates in the TAG program.

If you meet these requirements, you're eligible for NJ GIVS funding, regardless of your immigration status.

I was eligible when i graduated high school, but dreamers couldn't access financial aid then. What can i do?

You're eligible! As long as you still mee the requirements for the NJ Alternative Application and the additional criteria for NJ GIVS, you can receive support through this program. Note that no form of financial aid is retroactive--you can't ask for support to cover time you've already spent in a degree program. So if you're heading into your second year of an associate's degree, you can apply for funding for the coming year, but can't receive anything for the year you've already completed.


HOw do i apply?

  1. Receive your high school diploma or GED.
  2. Complete the NJ Alternative Application.
  3. Enroll in a participating institution.
  4. After the start of classes, if you are making good academic progress, NJ GIVS will send the grant money to your school on your behalf.

More questions?

Contact us!

Get in touch with us (nj4dreamers@maketheroadnj.org, 908-967-3478‬) with any further questions or for help with your application!