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Financial Aid

Grants

In order to be considered for Federal and State Grant funds, students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the specified deadlines
 
Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is awarded based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Pell Grants are generally awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree.  Students can receive no more than 12 semesters (or the equivalent) of Pell Grants during their undergraduate program, including payments received at previous institutions.  

The maximum Pell Grant for the 2017-2018 Award Year is $5,920.  

 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need.  Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contributions (EFCs) will be considered first for FSEOG.  Awards range from $200 to $1,000 annually. The priority deadline for FSEOG consideration at Kean University is April 15th for the following academic year.

 

NJ Tuition Aid Grant (TAG)

Tuition Aid Grants are awarded to instate undergraduate students with financial need.  Recipients (and parents of dependent students) must be residents of New Jersey and enrolled full time at Kean University in their first bachelor’s degree program. Eligible students can receive up to nine semesters of TAG.  (EOF and NJ County College transfer students may be eligible for additional payments.)  Students receiving TAG for the current academic year must complete the upcoming year's FAFSA no later than June 1st for TAG renewal.  

TAG awards at Kean University range from $1,828 to $6,348 for the 2017-2018 Award Year.

NJ Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Grant

EOF participants must meet the residency and enrollment requirements for NJ TAG (see above) and have a scholastic background and financial need which might otherwise prevent them from attending college.  EOF Grants range from $1,150 per year for commuter students and $1,400 for on-campus residents. 

Additional Data Collection for State AidYour eligibility for NJ State grants (TAG/NJ STARS) will be determined by HESAA after you respond to a few additional questions.  After completing the FAFSA, your confirmation page will include a link to answer these questions.  If you were unable to complete the questions upon completion of the FAFSA, please go to www.njgrants.org, and click on the link "Answer New Jersey State Grants Questions".  Note that it is REQUIRED that these questions are answered, to be considered for NJ State Aid.  

Special Notation for Kean-Ocean StudentsHalf - and in some cases more than half - of the courses specified for these plans are Ocean County College courses, none of which can be funded with TAG or STARS II once a student has completed an associate's degree (or five semesters of full-time study at a community college).

 

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

Kean University participates in the TEACH Grant program, which is available to undergraduate students who have completed at least 56 undergraduate credits and graduate students enrolled in an eligible program.  Students enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program at Kean are NOT eligible to receive the TEACH Grant.  Click here for more information about TEACH Grant eligibility requirements and program specifics.

TEACH Award Amounts, effective October 1, 2017

Undergraduate Student Award Amounts

Registered Credits

Total Per Academic Year

One Semester Maximum

up to 5

$934

$467

6-8

$1,868

$934

9-11

$2,802

$1,401

12 or more

$3,736

$1,868

Aggregate Limit: $16,000

 

Graduate Student Award Amounts

Registered Credits

Total Per Academic Year

One Semester Maximum

up to 4

$934

$467

4.5-6

$1,868

$934

7-8

$2,802

$1,401

9 or more

$3,736

$1,868

Aggregate Limit: $8,000

Students do not have to apply for the TEACH Grant. The Office of Financial Aid identifies students who may be eligible and awards them accordingly. Students who meet the criteria will receive notification sent to their Kean email account with instructions to complete the Entrance Counseling and Agreement to Serve (ATS).

The following steps must be completed online each award year:

Prior to graduating or leaving school, TEACH Grant recipients must complete TEACH Grant Exit Counseling, which will explain the service obligation and the terms and conditions that apply should their grant become a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

Contact InformationPlease contact the TEACH specialist in the Office of Financial Aid at teachgrant@kean.edu to make an appointment.  Also contact the TEACH specialist if you believe you qualify for the TEACH Grant but did not receive an eligibility notification.

 

Financial Aid Disbursements

Click here for aid disbursement and adjustment information at Kean University.

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