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GO-TESUWith the support from New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy and the State Legislature, we are pleased to be able to include additional tuition assistance for need-based adult learners in this year’s state budget.

To be eligible for a GO-TESU grant award, undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a New Jersey resident for at least 12 consecutive months.
  • Be enrolled less than full time in any TESU term.
  • Students must file their Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) applications by: Oct. 15, 2024, for Fall and Mar. 15, 2025, for Spring.
  • Be seeking their first associates degree or first bachelor’s degree.
  • Have an SAI (Student Aid Index) between 0-6500

Students may receive a maximum of a 9 credit award per HESAA semester. July and August terms are considered Summer, September, October, November, and December terms are considered Fall and January, February, March, April, May, and June terms are considered Spring.

To determine a student’s eligibility for GO-TESU, we review something called SAI which is your Student Aid Index. It is an index number used to determine your eligibility for federal student financial aid. Students may access their SAI by logging into their FAFSA form and clicking FAFSA Submission Summary.


GO-TESUDownload the GO-TESU program flier for an overview of the tuition assistance grant program.

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SAI 1/4 Time Semester Award (3 credits) 1/2 Time Semester Award (6 credits) 3/4 Time Semester Award (9 credits)
0 – 1500 $976 $1,954 $2,489
1501 – 2500 $766 $1,532 $2,298
2501 – 3500 $649 $1,298 $1,947
3501 – 4500 $537 $1,074 $1,611
4501 – 5500 $445 $890 $1,335
5501 – 6500 $299 $599 $899

Students are required to meet satisfactory academic progress and course engagement standards in order for the GO-TESU award to be applied.

Please contact Lyrisa Copson, Associate Director of Financial Aid, with any questions at


Undergraduate students earning either their first associates or first bachelor’s degree, whom are New Jersey state residents and have an SAI between 0-6500


Your SAI is reported to you on your FAFSA Submission Summary. You can view your FAFSA Submission Summary by logging in to your FAFSA form and selecting "Eligibility Overview". 


Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 credits during any of HESAA’s Fall or Spring semesters to qualify. Your GO-TESU awarded amount will be based on how many credits you are registered for, as well as your SAI.


All eligible students will automatically be considered for GO-TESU. Students will receive an award letter via email once they have been awarded.