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We know that paying for your graduate degree is an important factor when choosing a school. Contact the Graduate Information Office to talk more about the key factors to consider – or, read on to learn about the different ways you can finance your graduate degree.

Financial Aid Process

Applying for Financial Aid

Complete all steps below to apply for financial aid. Note: There are financial aid options that are not based on need. Most students in the off-campus programs use financial aid to pay for the program. We recommend that you complete these steps as soon as possible to make sure that your payment arrangements are in order by the first night of class. All admissions items must be received before financial aid will be dispersed. For help, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (732) 987-2258.

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You will also need your 2017 Federal Tax Return, your FSA ID (https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm) and Georgian Court University’s School Code (002608). Graduate students are considered independent for financial aid purposes.

2

Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) for accuracy

You will receive this form 7-10 days after the FAFSA is submitted. If there are any errors on your SAR, log back into your FAFSA to make corrections.

3

Complete Loan Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note

Both can be completed at www.studentloans.gov (you will need your FSA ID from Step 1). 

4

If you need to make changes to your award, email the financial aid office.

If you have any questions about your financial aid package, contact the financial aid office at (732) 987-2258 or by email at financialaid@georgian.edu.

Note: All students requesting financial aid for the summer semester will also need to complete a Summer Financial Aid Application once your Summer registration is processed. 

Enrolling in an Pay-As-You-Go Payment Plan

Complete all steps below to enroll in a monthly payment plan. This plan will allow you to spread out tuition payments over the length of the program, and will break your tuition bill into more manageable payments. Federal Student Loans are also available for graduate students.  

NOTICE: Your first payment will be due no later than the start of your first course. If you have not made financial aid or payment plan arrangements by the start of your first course you will receive a bill online to your Georgian Court University account. Tuition bills will be posted to the online portal; paper bills will not be mailed. 

How to Enroll in a Payment Plan:

  1. Log into your Georgian Court University account to view your tuition E-Bill

  2. Choose a payment plan through Tuition Management Systems (TMS)

    They can be contacted at 1-800-356-8329 or by logging on to www.afford.com/georgian. There is an annual enrollment fee associated with each TMS payment plan that you set up. All payment plans must be approved before the due date of your tuition bill. If your TMS contract is not enough to cover your GCU bill, you must pay the difference directly to the university by your scheduled due date.
  3. Continue to make your scheduled payments.

    Make your scheduled monthly tuition payments directly to TMS according to your approved payment plan. 

If you and your school qualify, this program may provide loan forgiveness for eligible Federal Direct Loans. This is a separate program requiring separate forms and processes. The U.S. Department of Education will determine your eligibility for this program.  Georgian Court University is not responsible to verify your eligibility for this or any other program. Please do not base your enrollment on this program as it can be difficult to ensure qualification for Government Programs, which are subject to reform and funding changes.

You must call 1-800-4-FED-AID to verify your eligibility or visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/teacher for more information.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 a year in grant assistance to  students who plan to teach in certain high-need fields. In order to be eligible for a grant, a student must submit a FAFSA form and sign a Declaration Sheet to agree to serve as a full-time teacher at certain low-income schools and within certain high-need fields for at least four academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which the candidate received a grant. By signing the Declaration Sheet, you are confirming that you meet the stipulations of the TEACH Grant as outlined in the Declaration Sheet.  

For more information please contact the Financial Aid Office at (732) 987-2258 or financialaid@georgian.edu

Questions? Contact the Office of Student Accounts by phone at (732) 987-2295 or by e-mail at studentaccounts@georgian.edu

Important Notes:

  • We will work with students who receive tuition reimbursement from their employers. Students may submit a letter from their employer outlining their reimbursement process. Payment from the employer is expected 2-6 weeks after the semester ends. If not paid at the end of 6 weeks, it becomes the student’s responsibility. Students are responsible for paying up front what the district does not reimburse.
  • If you prefer, you may pay your tuition balance in full. The CashNet system accepts Electronic Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. The service fee for credit/debit card payments online is 2.75%.