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Thomas Edison State University is pleased to announce our participation in the Garden State Guarantee starting in the Fall of 2022.
All full time New Jersey resident students or New Jersey Dreamers with the following criteria will have no tuition costs.
Garden Stage Guarantee
Download the Garden State Guarantee program flier for an overview of the program.
The Garden State Guarantee scholarship will be applied to student accounts after any federal or state grants, or other scholarships. Students must demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress for eligibility for Financial Aid.
Students must complete the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the New Jersey alternate financial aid application by April 15, 2023 for Fall and February 15, 2024 for Spring.
Students are required to meet satisfactory academic progress and course engagement standards in order for the Garden State Guarantee award to be applied.
The Garden State Guarantee (GSG) is New Jersey’s promise to make a college degree more accessible and affordable. By reducing out-of-pocket costs for students and families, New Jersey is limiting the amount of debt that residents must borrow to attend an in-state, public college or university. This program further builds on Governor Phil Murphy’s commitment to improving college affordability.
New Jersey residents who attend an in-state, public, four-year institution and have an annual adjusted gross income (AGI) between $0 and $65,000 will pay a net price of $0 for tuition and fees during their third and fourth years of study. GSG covers the cost of tuition and fees that are not already covered by federal and state financial aid or other scholarships. Students must be enrolled full time (at least 12 credits per semester) and must be working toward completing their first Bachelor’s degree.
You will automatically be considered for the GSG when you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, if you qualify as a NJ Dreamer, the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application. The deadline* to apply for Fall 2023 is April 15, 2023 and the deadline to apply for Spring 2024 is February 15, 2024.
GSG funding is available only to third- and fourth-year students at in-state, public, four-year institutions. First- and second-year students who attend a New Jersey community college with an AGI between $0 and $65,000 may be eligible for the Community College Opportunity Grant. Together, these complementary programs create a tuition- and fee-free pathway to a Bachelor’s degree.
Students who satisfy all eligibility criteria may receive GSG up to the overall cap of four (4) semesters.
For dependent students, only parent(s’)/guardian(s’) AGIs are considered, not the student’s income. For independent students, the AGI of the student and spouse, if applicable, is considered.
Third-year students are defined as having earned 60-89 total accumulated credits, and fourth-year students are defined as having earned 90-126 total accumulated credits, regardless of the institution(s) at which the qualifying credits were earned (i.e.: accepted transfer credits from another institution of higher education, Advanced Placement courses, dual-enrollment programs, etc.)
Yes. Expanding equitable and affordable college access to a high-quality degree in New Jersey is the GSG’s driving force.
Please contact Lyrisa Copson, Financial Aid Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.