skip to main content
Search Button

Types of Financial Aid

Completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step for consideration for the following types of financial aid at Ocean County College.

Learn about the FAFSA process with Enrollment Services’ FAFSA Presentation (PPTX).

General Tips:

  • Accuracy is Key: Double-check all information entered, especially Social Security Numbers and tax return data. Ensure it matches official documents exactly.
  • Use the Help Features: The FAFSA website offers built-in help resources like question mark icons next to fields and help articles. Utilize them for clarification.
  • Save Your Progress: The FAFSA allows you to save and return later. This is helpful for breaking down the process and avoiding losing progress.
  • Clear Browser Cache: Outdated data in your browser can sometimes cause issues. Try clearing your cache and cookies before starting the FAFSA.

Technical Issues:

  • FSA ID Problems: If you’re having trouble creating or using your FSA ID, check the Federal Student Aid website for troubleshooting tips related to account creation and login issues.
  • IRS Data Transfer Issues: Sometimes, transferring data directly from the IRS might fail. This could be due to mismatches between your FAFSA information and your tax return. In such cases, you might need to enter the information manually.
  • Dependent Student Issues: If you’re a dependent student, ensure you gather all your parent’s financial information beforehand to avoid delays.
  • Website Glitches: If you encounter website errors or glitches, try logging in at a different time or using a different browser. Consider contacting the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) for assistance (1-800-433-3243).

By following these tips and utilizing available resources, you can navigate the FAFSA process more smoothly.

Types of Financial Aid at OCC

Federal Aid

State Aid

In order to be considered for the following State Aid programs, you MUST report additional information to the State of New Jersey.

Educational Benefits for Veterans and Military Affiliated Students

Education benefits may be available for veterans, active duty members, guard, reserve, and their dependents. Please visit to apply for education benefits. If you have questions, you can reach out to the school certifying official located in the Financial Aid Department or OCC’s Veteran and Military Resource Center.


The Ocean County College Foundation offers scholarships to students attending Ocean County College.

In addition, private scholarships/grants are available from local and national organizations and foundations. Students are encouraged to investigate their eligibility for these funds and required to report receipt of any awards to the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office notifies students of any adjustments to a financial aid package based on receipt of private scholarships.

Private Loans

Private loans are available from national lenders to assist in meeting college costs. Students are encouraged to apply for federal and state aid, and seek private grants and scholarships, before using private loan funds. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

A FAFSA is not always required to receive private scholarships or loans. Please check with the provider for further information.

Text Link