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  • Governor’s Urban Scholarship Program

    The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) will be providing eligible students awards of $1,000 each year for up to four years as part of the Governor’s Urban Scholarship Program. To be eligible for this award, you must meet all the following criteria:

    • Reside in one of the high-need designated communities in New Jersey: Asbury Park, East Orange, Jersey City, Millville, New Brunswick, Plainfield, Trenton, Camden, Irvington, Lakewood, Newark, Paterson, Roselle, or Vineland.
    • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen with appropriate approval from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
    • Be a New Jersey resident for at least 12 consecutive months prior to receiving the award.
    • File a FAFSA each year within the State established deadlines.
    • Be Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) eligible (if at any point in time the student is no longer eligible for TAG funding, the Urban Scholarship money will be removed.)
    • Be matriculated full-time in an eligible academic program.
    • Make satisfactory academic progress in order to continue to receive the award.

    There is no separate application for the scholarship; eligible students will be notified by HESAA. This award will be granted to Monmouth University students in the amount of $500 for the fall semester and $500 for the spring semester. Funding of this award is subject to change due to annual State appropriations.

    Please see Governor’s Urban Scholarship Program Fact Sheet for additional information.

    If you have any questions, please contact HESAA:

    • Monday through Thursday - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 609-584-4480 or 800-792-8670
    • Visit their website at
    • Write to: Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, Governor’s Urban Scholarship Program, PO Box 540, Trenton, NJ 08625-0540. If you write a letter, please be sure to include your name, address, Social Security Number, and telephone number.