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Atlantic Cape receives generous donations and raises funds through our Foundation so that a wide range of scholarships are available for both new students and current students. We understand the need for scholarships to help with college costs throughout your time here and we have many scholarships available to help you with tuition, fees, and books.  Phi Theta Kappa scholarships are also available. 

Our annual scholarship campaign for students returning to Atlantic Cape or transferring to another institution for the Fall 2024 semester closed on March 4, 2024.  All awarded students are encouraged to attend the Scholarship Ceremony on Monday, May 13, 2024; more details will be provided via email.  Please make sure to check your Buccaneer email account often.  

The OceanFirst Bank Scholarship is now available!  Please click here to access the application.

OceanFirst Bank has donated $30,000 to Atlantic Cape Community College for our Incoming and Returning students for the Fall 2024 semester.  To be eligible, students must have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A., enroll at Atlantic Cape for at least six credits in the Fall 2024 semester, complete the 24/25 FAFSA application, and reside within the OceanFirst footprint.  New students must also submit a current copy of their high school or college transcript.  The deadline to submit your OceanFirst Bank scholarship application is Monday, July 1, 2024.  Completed applications should be submitted to  Visit OceanFirst Bank Foundation to learn more.

If you still have questions after going to our Scholarship FAQ below, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (609) 343-5082 or 625-1111, ext. 5082, or email Financial Aid. In Cape May County, call (609) 463-4774, ext. 5082. 


Scholarship FAQs

Returning students:

The campaign will open in December for the Fall 2025 semester.  Enrolled students will receive an email notification in the month of November with details on how to apply.  

New students:

After completing your Atlantic Cape application, submitting your high school transcript to Admissions and completing your FAFSA, students are automatically considered for scholarship opportunities, no separate application required.  Incoming scholarships are awarded based off of criteria on a first come, first serve basis.Award notifications will be sent to your Buccaneer Email.

Our scholarships are donated to or raised by Atlantic Cape Community College and the Atlantic Cape Foundation.  Foundation funds provide college scholarships to students with financial need, capital for campus improvements, and cultural and educational community outreach programs. In its history, the Foundation has raised well over $5 million for college scholarships, academic programs and enhancing the campus environment.  All of our awards are contingent upon donor participation and vary each year.  Our Scholarship Committee chooses recipients from the scholarship applications.

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, county of residence, community service or veteran status. There is even one for students who just love the beach!

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 encourage 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?

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.

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. Click here for more information for New Jersey State Aid for Dreamers.