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  • Q: Who will be eligible for the Community College Opportunity Grant at Hudson County Community College?

    A:  The Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) program will offer free tuition and fees to students with an adjusted gross income of $45,000 or less who take six or more credits in the Spring 2019 semester. Students will be eligible to receive funding after applying all other federal and state grant aid, such as federal Pell Grants and New Jersey Tuition Assistance Grants.

    Information about the Community College Opportunity Grant program may be obtained by emailing freetuition@hccc.edu or phoning (201) 360-HCCC (4222).

    Q: What is the Adjusted Gross Income requirement?

    A: The Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) requirements are no less than $0 to no more than $45,000. For a dependent student, AGI refers to parents’ AGI reported on the financial application. For an independent student, AGI refers to AGI reported on the financial application for the student and, if applicable, the student’s spouse.

    To learn more about adjusted gross income, visit www.irs.gov.

    Q: What expenses are covered under the Community College Opportunity Grant program?

    A: The Community College Opportunity Grant program will cover tuition and educational fees.

    Fees that are covered include:

    • General fees
    • Registration fees
    • Facility fees
    • Technology fees
    • Lab fees
    • Program/Course fees
    • Student Activity fees

    Fees that are not covered include:

    • Application fees
    • Books (purchase or rental)
    • Change fees
    • Criminal Background Check fees
    • Curriculum Review fees
    • Equipment/Supplies/Uniforms (purchase or rental fees)
    • Flight Time fees
    • Graduation/Diploma fees
    • Gym/Fitness Center fees
    • Insurance/health fees
    • International fees
    • Late fees/fines
    • Library fees
    • Licensing/certification fees
    • Out-of-county or out-of-state fees
    • Parking fees
    • Payment Plan fees
    • Testing/portfolio audit fees
    • Transcript fees

    Q: How does a student apply for the Community College Opportunity Grant?

    A: For the Spring 2019 Community College Opportunity Grant award, all students (new and returning) must complete and file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application by February 15, 2019, in order to apply for all other available forms of federal and state needs-based grants and merit scholarships. This includes students satisfying all requirements to determine eligibility to receive payments of these state and federal grants and scholarships within established state deadlines.

    The FAFSA can be completed at www.fafsa.gov or for the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application at https://www.hesaa.org/Pages/NJAlternativeApplication.aspx.

    For more details on Eligibility Requirements, Click Here

     

     

    Q: Are students in dual enrollment programs eligible for the Community College Opportunity Grant?

    A: Students who are in dual enrollment programs and still in high school are not eligible for the Community College Opportunity Grant. Students must be enrolled at Hudson County Community College and possess a high school diploma or GED.

    Q: Will students who choose to attend an out-of-county community college be eligible for the Community College Opportunity Grant?

    A: The Community College Opportunity Grant is available for eligible students enrolled in the county college that serves the student’s county of residence.

    The only exception in which students are eligible for Community College Opportunity Grant awards at a county college that does not serve their county of residence is when students had already been enrolled and approved to attend an out-of-county program for the Fall of 2018. Students must have provided HCCC with a letter from the New Jersey county college serving their county of residence stating that the college in their county did not offer the curriculum that the student chose to study, or that the institution could not admit the students into the desired program of study due to lack of available space, which was expected to exist for at least one academic year. If students meet this standard for exception, the Community College Opportunity Grant amount awarded to these students will be computed as though the students were residents of the county served by that college.

    Q: Are students who take remedial courses eligible for the Community College Opportunity Grant?

    A: Student are considered eligible for State financial aid, including the Community College Opportunity Grant, provided they meet the college’s published definition of part-time to full-time enrollment in accordance with N.J.A.C. 9A:9- 2.10 Verification of Enrollment and Academic Performance.

    Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) recipients who are required to enroll in remedial, bilingual, and/or developmental courses to increase the probability of success in college-level work may not be receiving credit toward a degree for these courses. These students are, however, considered eligible for TAG and Community College Opportunity Grant if they meet Hudson County Community College’s definition of part-time or full-time enrollment.

    Q: How will students be notified that they are eligible for the Community College Opportunity Grant?

    A: HCCC will notify students of their eligibility as part of the financial award information. The notifications will include the amounts of the scholarships.

    Q: When will funding be available to eligible students?

    A: The Community College Opportunity Grant program at Hudson County Community College will begin in the spring 2019 semester. More information will be shared with students, the campus community, and county residents in the coming month.

    Q: If I previously earned an Associate or Bachelor’s degree, am I eligible for the Community College Opportunity Grant?

    A: Students who have already earned either degree are not eligible for the Community College Opportunity Grant.

    For the press release announcing HCCC’s selection in the Community College Opportunity Grant program, click here.