NJ's Tuition-Free College For Eligible Students at Sussex County Community College

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NEWTON (July 7, 2021) - Sussex County Community College students may be eligible for New Jersey's tuition free program. The program, which started as a pilot effort at select colleges in 2019, has now gone statewide. 

Students who are enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester in Fall 2021 and/or Spring 2022 and whose household has an adjusted gross income of $0-$65,000 will be considered for the Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG). Students must then maintain satisfactory academic achievement to retain assistance.

Prospective students who meet the financial requirements can get an excellent college education – while incurring little or no student loan debt.

“The Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) program allows access to a college education to those in financial need so they can focus on their grades rather than bills,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement. 

New students must fill out the FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid) or the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application if a NJ Dreamer, for Sussex County Community College by NJHESAA’s deadline of September 15, 2021. Sussex offers several options to cover their college tuition. By completing the FAFSA, students will be considered for Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant, NJ Tuition Aid Grant, Educational Opportunity Grant, NJ STARS, scholarships, and Federal Direct Student loans along with the Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG).

“This is a huge step for education,” said SCCC President Jon Connolly. “This grant will give students who might not otherwise be able to attend college a chance to thrive in our community. Truly a tremendous opportunity for those not only coming out of high school but those that may be looking to jump-start a new career."

Students will be automatically considered for the grant without further application needed, the state said. Current students who have already completed a financial aid application for the 2020-2021 school year will be automatically considered for grant eligibility if they enroll for at least six credits in the Fall 2021 semester. Classes begin on September 7th. For more information on the Tuition-Free, CCOG program, contact the Financial Aid Office at 973.300.2225 or email finaid@sussex.edu.

**PLEASE NOTE: Students who attended college in 2020/2021 and received Tuition Aid Grant and/or Educational Opportunity Grant were required to file their application by NJHESAA’s deadline of June 1st to qualify for all state aid, including CCOG for the 2021/2022 award year.

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