Gov. Phil Murphy is encouraging students to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application for New Jersey DREAMers to be eligible for a Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG).
Under the grant program, students with adjusted gross incomes between $0 and $65,000 may qualify to attend any of New Jersey’s 18 county colleges tuition-free during the upcoming academic year.
To receive free tuition through CCOG starting in the fall 2019 semester, all students planning to attend a New Jersey county college must meet the Sept. 15 deadline to complete either FAFSA or the Alternative Application for New Jersey DREAMers, and respond to all financial aid questions from the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education or the college they are attending.
Qualifying county college students who enroll in at least six credits per semester during the fall of 2019 and/or the spring of 2020 will be eligible for CCOG awards, funded by the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Act signed by Murphy.
For eligible students, “last-dollar” CCOG scholarships will fill in remaining gaps to cover tuition and approved educational fees after accounting for all other grant and scholarship aid eligible to students.
“Everyone deserves an opportunity to pursue his or her dreams—whether you are a recent high school graduate or an older student changing your career,” Murphy said in a statement. “Our community colleges play a critical role in helping our students build the skill sets they need to meet the demands of a growing and diverse 21st-century economy. CCOG grants provide a pathway to success for both our students and our state as a whole.”
Students who have already completed a financial aid application for academic year 2019-2020 will be considered automatically for CCOG eligibility.