Counselor's Office Resources


The 200 Club of Union County

American Legion auxiliary children of warriors national presidents’ scholarship

Atlantic Federal credit union scholarships

Joe Francis haircare scholarship foundation


Community Foundation of New Jersey

Since 1979, individuals and businesses have opened charitable funds at the Community Foundation of New Jersey to fulfill their charitable goals and craft their philanthropic legacies. These Legacy Funds and Donor Advised Funds have granted on average more than $30 million each year, and enabled the Foundation to launch its own Changemaker Projects that are improving New Jersey’s communities.

This site offers a free college scholarship search and financial aid resources.

Alumni Transcript Request

The school cannot release records without written permission. Law prohibits the release of pupil records without parent or adult student written authorization.
 Alumni can complete this Alumni Transcript Release Form.

Please send this request to the attention of Mr. Lee Best by either,

  • Mail: The Barack Obama Green Charter High School, 35 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060
  • Electronic Mail:

Working Papers

The Instructions for completing the “working papers” are at the end of this document. Please ensure that Sections A, B and C are complete prior to bringing your working papers in for certification.

Student Athlete Information

Students that wish to pursue athletics on a collegiate level and want to participate in Division I or Division II sports must first go through an initial eligibility certification process by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

NCAA Eligibility Center

The above link is the official NCAA Eligibility website; student-athletes must register on this website in order to begin the eligibility process. Students must request their transcript through this website; Students must request an initial transcript and, at the end of the academic year, must request a final transcript. Please follow all NCAA directions.

NCAA Eligibility Guide

 Use the above link for Division I and Division II eligibility questions. The “old” guidelines and new guidelines are listed.

National Junior College Athletic Association

Thinking of a two year college? Go to the link listed above and search by sport, state and region to find a program that you may be a good fit for you.

College Financial Aid Information

New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority

This site offers information about New Jersey’s grants, scholarships, and loan programs. Information is also available on how to apply for student aid.

NJ STARS Program

This site provides information regarding the New Jersey Student Assistance Reward Scholarship.


A financial aid search through the World Wide Web.

Higher Education Student Assistance Authority – Student Load Guide

Steps in the Financial Aid Process
  1. Pin: Apply for a pin to electronically sign your FAFSA. Parents and Students should create PINs!
  2. Fill out the FAFSA: This can be found online at
  3. Send the FAFSA in to be processed or complete and file the form at
  4. Student Aid Report: Approximately four weeks after you submit your FAFSA you will receive a list of all of the information you entered on the FAFSA. If you find any errors you need to correct and return them.

The College takes the SAR and based on cost of education, it creates a financial award letter that lists the aid the college will award the student. The difference between the cost and award given is the expected family contribution towards the cost of education. The college will send the award letter to the student sometime in April or May.

Glossary of Financial Aid Terms
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC): The amount the federal government expects a student and his/her family to pay toward college costs.
  • Financial Aid: Money that is given, lent, or paid to you so you can pay for college.
  • FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid, used to apply for U.S. government grants and loans, federal work-study, many state grants, and institutional financial aid. Every financial aid applicant must complete this form.
  • Merit-Based Aid: Scholarships, grants, or other aid awarded based on academic strength, artistic ability, l      leadership, or other special talent.
  • Need-Based Aid: Financial aid that is awarded based on demonstrated financial need.
  • Need-Blind: An admissions policy that does not use financial need as a factor in selecting applicants.
  • Admission Need-Conscious: An admissions policy that takes into account students’ financial need before making admissions decisions.
  • Preferential Packaging: The practice of awarding more desirable (e.g., higher grants, lower loans) financial aid packages to highly favored students.
  • SAR: The Student Aid Report, generated when the FAFSA is processed, includes all of the data entered on the FAFSA and indicates the amount of the EFC.
  • Work-Study: A federally subsidized or college program in which students hold part-time campus jobs in areas such as the library, academic departments, food services, administrative offices, etc, as part of their financial aid packages.
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FAFSA Application Process

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