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:

          2015-2016                                      2016-2017
Federal Government    June 30th, 2016                                  June 30th, 2017
State of New Jersey   

2014-2015 TAG Recipients    June 1st, 2015

 All other Applicants October 1st, 2015                 (Fall & Spring)                   March 1st, 2016                      (Spring Only)


2015-2016 TAG Recipients         June 1st, 2016                     

All other Applicants           October 1st, 2016                   (Fall & Spring)                        March 1st, 2017                     (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
June 3rd, 2016
(Fall 2016 Term)
May 6th, 2016
(Fall 2016 Term)
July 8th, 2016
(Fall Quick Term 2016)
November 4th, 2016
(Spring 2017 Term)
December 2nd, 2016
(Spring Quick Term 2017)

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

Priority Deadlines - Fall 2016

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 2016 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 2016 classes.

New Jersey Stars Students April 15th, 2016
New Students June 3rd, 2016
Returning Students May 6th, 2016

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 2015-2016 NJ Grant and/or Scholarship)

October 1st, 2016 (Fall 2016)

March 1st, 2017 (Spring 2017)

Returning Students
(Received NJ Grant and/or Scholarship during 2015-2016)
June 1st, 2016

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