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Community College Opportunity Grant

Program Description

In spring 2019, New Jersey is piloting the state’s first tuition-free college program, known as the New Jersey Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG). This program was launched by Governor Phil Murphy on Thursday, September 27, 2018.

The state’s FY2019 budget appropriates $20 million towards CCOG awards to students with an adjusted gross income (AGI) under $45,000, and $5 million in direct grants to county colleges for planning, outreach, and recruitment of eligible students.

For the spring 2019 award, all students (renewal and new students) must complete and file the FAFSA by February 15, 2019 in order to apply for all other available forms of federal and state need-based grants and merit scholarships. Students attending a CCOG pilot school will be eligible to receive CCOG awards if they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled in at least six (6) credits at select colleges during the spring semester of 2019
  • Do not have a prior college degree
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), including state questions
  • Make satisfactory academic progress
  • Have a total household adjusted income not exceeding $45,000

The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) and the Higher Education Student Assistant Authority (HESAA) are jointly administering this funding opportunity.

For more information, visit your County College’s Financial Aid Office or visit the CCOG homepage or view the homepage in Spanish.

Handout on CCOG

Video in Spanish



Last Updated: Thursday, 02/28/19

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