The Survivor Tuition Benefits Program (STB) is offered to eligible children and surviving spouses of New Jersey firefighters, emergency service workers and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty to earn a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, eligible non-citizens or eligible to file the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application, be enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate program at an approved New Jersey college, university or degree-granting proprietary school and maintain satisfactory academic progress. The STB award provides students with free tuition at any public institution of higher education in New Jersey. It also pays for enrollment at participating independent institutions. This is offered twice a year. Dollar amounts will vary.
HESAA, the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, is the only New Jersey state agency with the sole mission of providing students and families with financial and informational resources for students to pursue their education beyond high school. The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority provides many merit and need-based programs. Merit-based programs include the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship, while need-based programs include many awards, such as the Survivor Tuition Benefits Program.