Application Deadlines

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The Ocean County College Financial Aid Department has it's own priority processing deadlines alongside the NJ State and Federal deadlines listed below. In order to guarantee your FAFSA is processed by the beginning of a semester so that you are able to register for classes with no out-of-pocket expenses (assuming you are eligible for aid), you must file your application and follow up with any required paperwork by the Priority Deadlines listed below.

What are the FAFSA Filing Deadlines?

There are different filing deadlines for the Federal Government, State of New Jersey and Ocean County College. Please see below:

          2016-2017                                      2017-2018
Federal Government    June 30th, 2017                                  June 30th, 2018
State of New Jersey   

2015-2016 TAG Recipients    June 1st, 2016

 All other Applicants October 1st, 2016                 (Fall & Spring)                   March 1st, 2017                      (Spring Only)


2016-2017 TAG Recipients         April 15th, 2017                      

All other Applicants           September 15th, 2017                   (Fall & Spring)                        February 15th, 2018                     (Spring Only)

Ocean County College 
(If selected for Federal Verification, all requested documentation must be received by these dates in order to enable your award letter to be processed prior to the first day of the term for which you are registered)
New Students Returning Students
April 14th, 2017
(Fall 2017 Term & Accelerated Term 5)
March 17th, 2017
(Fall 2017 Term & Accelerated Term 5)
June 2nd, 2017
(Fall Quick Term 2017 & Accelerated Term 6)
October 13th, 2017
(Spring 2018 Term & Accelerated Term 1)
September 22nd, 2017
(Spring 2018 Term & Accelerated Term 1)
November 3rd, 2017
(Spring Quick Term 2018 & Accelerated Term 2)

For more information regarding deadlines, you can visit FAFSA - Student Aid Deadlines.

Priority Deadlines - Fall 2017

If you are selected for Verification by the Federal Government and want to be guaranteed to have your financial aid in place prior to the beginning of Fall 2017 classes, you MUST:

  • File your FAFSA and;
  • Submit any documents required to complete your application to the financial aid office by the deadlines below
    (These documents will be requested via mail and email upon receipt of your financial aid application).

If we do not receive a complete FAFSA and all required documents by the dates below, you will be required to set up a payment plan or make alternative payment arrangements with our Cashiers office in order to guarantee your Fall 2017 classes.

New Jersey Stars Students April 15th, 2017
New Students April 14th, 2017
Returning Students March 17th, 2017

In order to be eligible to receive NJ grants and/or scholarships, you MUST file your FAFSA by the state deadlines below.

New Students
(No 2016-2017 NJ Grant and/or Scholarship)

September 15th, 2017 (Fall 2017)

February 15th, 2018 (Spring 2018)

Returning Students
(Received NJ Grant and/or Scholarship during 2016-2017)
April 15th, 2017

OCC's FAFSA Filing Deadlines, Document Submission Deadlines, and Pay As You Go Policy

2017-2018 (Documents will be posted shortly)

  • 2017 Fall Term
  • 2017 Fall Quick Term
  • 2018 Spring Term
  • 2018 Spring Quick Term