Guidance Office Resources and Programs

NJ HESAA (New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority)

New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) has prepared a Student Loan Guide to be distributed to New Jersey high school students.  In January 2013 legislation was passed by the New Jersey Legislature and signed into law by Governor Christie requiring HESAA to provide a booklet/brochure and directing high schools to annually disseminate it to each student in the 11th and 12th grades.

In accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:71A-35, I am forwarding the Student Loan Guide e-booklet link to you below and some of our other valuable tools to help students and families.  I trust these publication links will be transmitted to each student in the grades specified above.  I have attached the state law PDF indicated above for your review.

e-booklet link to the Student Loan Guide:

Interactive Student Loan Game Plan:

9th grade e-booklet Reach Higher a guide to choose a college path:
HESAA is the only state authority with the sole mission of providing students and families with the information and resources necessary to attain an education beyond high school.  I encourage you, your guidance staff and students to visit our website,, to learn more about our programs and services.  Also, if we can ever be of assistance to you in helping students plan for college, please do not hesitate to contact us.  If hard copies are required, please let me know the quantity needed and the address to mail them.

American Educational Guidance Center Announcement

Please visit, to view lists and offers and contact information for virtually all post-secondary schools, colleges, and universities in your state.

Elsewhere on are links to 70 scholarship search data bases, GPA and student loan calculators, a guide to the FAFSA, information on online degree programs for adults, and dozens of helpful articles for college students of all ages.

2019 Guidance Programs

The following programs are designed for students and parents to help assist with the college search and application process. It is strongly encouraged that families attend all of the events to maximize support through this important process.

Wednesday, September 4, 7:00pm

This information session will walk senior families through the college application process; what to expect, strategies, how to submit, timelines and tracking information.

Wednesday, September 11, 6:00pm

Financial Aid Officials will clarify federal, state, scholarship and grant programs for higher education.

Wednesday, September 11, 7:00pm

Over 100 colleges will be available to answer questions and collect information.  This is the perfect opportunity to show your demonstrated interest in the schools on your application list.

Thursday, October 17, 7:00pm

Financial Aid Officials will assist parents in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)