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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. Click here for details about the Atlantic City Electric Innovative Community Scholars Program!

If you still have questions after going to our Q & A, 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. 

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The OceanFirst Bank Scholarship is now available! Click here or on the logo above to apply now!

Ocean First Bank has donated $40,000 to Atlantic Cape Community College for our Incoming and Returning students for the Fall 2021 semester.  To apply, students will need to have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A., enroll Atlantic Cape for at least 6 credits in the Fall 2021 semester, have the 2021/2022 FAFSA application completed and reside within the OceanFirst footprint.   New students will also need to submit a current copy of their high school or college transcript.  The deadline to submit your Ocean First Bank scholarship application is Thursday, July 1, 2021.  Email your completed application to scholarship@atlantic.eduVisit here to learn more about the OceanFirst Bank Foundation.

  1. We will start accepting applications Sunday, December 20, 2020. Visit AwardSpring to begin.
  2. Sign in with your Buccaneer email and AwardSpring password. New users will need to select, “Set Your Password” to create a password using your Buccaneer email address.  Don’t remember your Buccaneer email? Click here to help with your student email account.
  3. Contact 2 professors to request as a reference (can be past or present). Please confirm permission has been granted prior to submitting your application.
  4. Create a 500-word essay (please see topics below).
  5. The application process does not have to be completed all at once; AwardSpring saves your progress. AwardSpring also automatically matches student applications to scholarship opportunities.  You only have to apply once!
  6. Deadline to submit your application was Monday, March 1, 2021.

Applicants are required to submit a 250-500 word essay on one of the topics below:

  • What are your major accomplishments, and why do you consider them accomplishments?


  • Explain the importance of your career choice in today’s society. What do you expect to gain from earning an Atlantic Cape college degree/certificate?

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.

Returning students:

Returning students can start applying in the month of December.  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!

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.  Award notifications will be sent to your Buccaneer Email.

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!

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.