Program

Financial Aid

Nursing Scholarships are available through the School of Nursing. Financial aid is available to eligible Trinitas School of Nursing students through the Union County College Financial Aid Office. Students may call, email, or visit any one of the three UCC financial aid offices to receive additional information on Financial Aid Workshops, the application process, and student aid eligibility. Email: financialaid@ucc.edu for more information.

Financial Aid Office Locations
Cranford Campus
1033 Springfield Ave.
Cranford, NJ 07016
1-908-709-7500

Elizabeth Campus
40 W. Jersey St.
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
1-908-965-6050

Click here for information on the various types of aid available.

Students seeking financial aid need to complete two forms to apply for all federal and state scholarships and grants, federal loans, federal work study, and all institutional scholarships, such as: > The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

> Union County College Scholarships
In addition to federal and state funded aid, scholarships are available to assist qualified students to meet their educational expenses. UCC Scholarships are applied for and administered through Union County College.

> Trinitas School of Nursing Scholarships
The Trinitas School of Nursing awards scholarships specifically to nursing students who are in good standing, enrolled in specific clinical nursing courses, and who demonstrate academic excellence and/or a financial need.

Steps to the Financial Aid Application Process
Step 1: Complete the FAFSA
The first step is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ Remember to enter the school code of 002643 for Union County College. You will need to apply for a Personal Federal Student Aid ID (FSA-ID). If you are a dependent student, you and one parent will need to apply for separate FSA-IDs and use the FSA-IDs to electronically sign your FAFSA. You and/or parents must complete a federal tax return if required. While completing the FAFSA online, you and/or your parents can import the necessary federal tax information from the IRS using a secure data retrieval tool (DRT). Once you reach the Web confirmation page, locate and choose the link entitled "Optional Feature – Start your State Application." Respond to the questions and submit the additional information to the State of New Jersey.

Step 2: Apply for Scholarships
Once a student has submitted a FAFSA, they should also complete the Scholarship Application. This is the application for all Union County College awarded scholarships. Click here if you are interested in applying for Union County College scholarships. You can also click here to apply for Trinitas School of Nursing Scholarships.

Step 3: Review your Student Aid Report
Once you have submitted a FAFSA, the US Department of Education will process your FAFSA and send you a copy in the form of a Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR will be sent to the you electronically if you have listed an email address on your FAFSA. Please review your SAR and notify the Union County College Student Services Center. If you made any mistakes, we will walk you through how to correct them.

Step 4: Review your Correspondence from HESAA
The US Department of Education will also send your information to the college listed on your FAFSA, as well as to the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA). HESAA will notify you of your eligibility for a Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) or to request additional information.

Step 5: Check your financial aid status online
All communication from Financial Aid is in an electronic format. It is essential that you check Web Services to view your financial aid status and/or any documents required to complete your financial aid application. You should check your Owl's Nest email account daily because all communication we send to a student is sent through this email address.

Financial Aid Application Deadlines
A free FAFSA application must be completed each year and serves the entire academic year (Fall, Spring, and Summer terms). The FAFSA becomes available each October for the following Fall and will remain available through the following Summer. It is recommended students complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.

For more information on state grants, please visit the website for the State of New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) at www.hesaa.org. Certain funds are available on a limited basis; therefore, it is in your best interest to apply as early as possible.

Federal and State Financial Aid Eligibility
To be eligible for Federal and State Financial Aid, you must:

> Be accepted as a student in an eligible certificate or degree program.

> Be making satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes.

> Have a high school diploma, General Education Development (GED) certificate, or a secondary school completion credential for home school.

> Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (This includes legal permanent residents, or green card holders).

> Have a valid Social Security Number.

> Register with Selective Service if required.

> Not be in default on a previously awarded student loan or owe a refund on a previously awarded grant.

> Different forms of financial aid may have additional eligibility criteria.

Veterans Benefits
Veterans are encouraged to apply to the Trinitas School of Nursing.

The Admissions office at Union County College is the liaison with the VA Regional processing Office in Buffalo, NY to assist veterans, dependents of veterans, reservists and National Guardsmen/women with the application and certification process.

The Union County College Veterans office will assist students with the application process for their respective education benefits for the Montgomery GI Bill under Chapter 30, 31, 32, 35, 1606, 1607, VEAP or Post 9-11/CH 33. Questions regarding the eligibility of a veteran or dependent can be answered by calling 1-888-GIBILL1 or e-mailing the VA at www.gibill.va.gov. For more information on Veterans Benefits, please contact the Veterans Benefits offices on any of the UCC campuses. https:/ www.ucc.edu/admissions/paying-for-college/veterans-benefits/

Educational Opportunity Fund
The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program is a New Jersey state funded program that provides students with academic and financial support. Students who meet NJ eligibility requirements for participation receive a variety of support services, including academic advisement, financial aid guidance, career and transfer services, tutorial support, leadership opportunities and workshops and social events exclusively for EOF students. Students in EOF benefit by receiving support from their individually assigned EOF advisor who assist students in making the transition to being full time college students, while providing intrusive academic advisement and overall support. Students who meet program participation and state financial eligibility requirements also receive additional financial aid ranging from $100-$525 a semester. For additional information, please visit the EOF website at Equal Opportunity Fund or the College catalog. For specific information regarding the application process for the EOF program, please visit the owl's nest.