Scholarship Q&A 

Where do the funds for the scholarships come from and how are they distributed?

Our scholarships are donated to or raised by Atlantic Cape Community College and the Atlantic Cape Foundation. Our Scholarship Committee chooses recipients from the scholarship applications.

When are scholarship applications available?

Returning students:

Have you attended and earned credits at Atlantic Cape prior to the scholarship deadline date? If Yes, you are a returning student.

Returning students can apply in November and you can apply right from our website. Just click here to begin our online application process. If chosen for a scholarship, it can be used for the upcoming Fall semester. It’s easy, with our new scholarship application process. Let’s get started!

Note: Current High School students – See New students below.

New students:

Online Scholarship applications for all new students become available around November for the Spring Semester (which starts in January) and April for the Fall semester. (Keep checking our website for start dates) Applying is easy and you can apply right from our website using your Buccaneer Email. Just click here to apply.

After you have applied for admissions and received your buccaneer email, the scholarship application is even easier! There is no need to type in your demographic information because you’re already in our system. Sound good? Just click here to apply.

What are the criteria for the scholarships?

The criteria vary according to the donor's wishes. Many require a minimum GPA, some specify financial need, and some are for a specific major, community service or veteran status. There is even one for students who just love the beach! Sound good? Just click here to apply.

Do I need to apply for financial aid in order to qualify?

No; however, if you wish to be considered for a "need-based" scholarship, you must provide us with your financial information. If you applied for Financial Aid (FAFSA) and applied to the College, we populate that information for you! We encouraged you to apply for financial aid because you may be eligible. Did you know that many students lose out on grants because they apply because they don’t think they are eligible? Free Financial Aid Application (FAFSA) Online.  That application is free, too. Let’s go!


Incoming & Returning Scholarship Opportunities.

Are there any other scholarships for which I can apply?

Yes. Atlantic Cape subscribes to a scholarship search engine called FASTWEB. Click on Internet Links & Documents for FASTWEB and other links. You will need to answer several questions about yourself, including, major, hobbies, interests, etc. The search engine will seek out any scholarship you meet the criteria for and instruct you on how to apply.

Are there any scholarship opportunities for NJ Dreamers?

Yes. Our scholarship programs do not restrict Dreamers from applying for scholarships. And, did you know that Governor Murphy approved a bill so Dreamers can apply for State Grants. More information for New Jersey State Aid for Dreamers.