Hudson County Community College Invites Students to Enroll in the Newly Expanded CCOG Free-Tuition Program

Posted: 8/30/2019
Jennifer Christopher, 201-360-4061, jchristopher@hccc.edu

September 15 Application Deadline for Fall 2019

August 30, 2019, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Dr. Chris Reber reminds prospective students that the New Jersey Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) program has been extended to cover the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters, and that the family income eligibility limit has been increased by $20,000, to $65,000.

CCOG covers tuition and educational fees, after other federal and state aid is applied. For the 2019-20 academic year, prospective and current students, who have adjusted gross household incomes of up to $65,000 and who take six or more credits, may be eligible for CCOG awards.

“Thanks to Governor Murphy and our legislators, greater numbers of students can take advantage of this free-tuition program,” Dr. Reber said. “We are happy to note that under the expanded guidelines, an estimated 1,300 HCCC students will be eligible for CCOG financial assistance this fall.”

Hudson County Community College has one of the most comprehensive Financial Aid programs in New Jersey, with 83 percent of HCCC students receiving assistance. Still, many students require additional tuition assistance.

“Thousands of HCCC students balance college with full-time employment, full-time studies, and caring for their families. This program enables our students to achieve their higher education goals while managing other important priorities,” Dr. Reber stated. He noted that the program supports the education of a skilled, tax-paying workforce that benefits Hudson County’s economy.

To qualify for the CCOG, students need to complete either the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), or the Alternative Application for New Jersey Dreamers by September 15, 2019. For more information about the Community College Opportunity Grant and attending Hudson County Community College, please contact the HCCC Admissions Office by phoning (201) 360-4222 or emailing freetuition@hccc.edu.