JERSEY CITY, NJ – Fulfilling a promise to make tuition-free community college a reality, Gov. Phil Murphy on Fri Feb 26 signed A4410, permanently establishing the Community College Opportunity Grant Program (CCOG) that will allow qualified students to attend any New Jersey community college without tuition or educational fees.  

“For far too long, higher education has been out of reach for countless New Jerseyans due to its high cost,” Murphy said. “Today’s bill signing underscores our continued commitment to college affordability, ensuring that our young people and working adults have the opportunity to earn post-secondary degrees and advance their promising careers.”

“Today represents a huge win for college affordability and a transformative moment in our state’s history. In the years to come, CCOG will continue offering thousands more eligible students equitable access to a college education for free,” said Secretary of Higher Education Brian Bridges. “To emerge stronger and fairer from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are investing in future generations today by expanding affordable options to ensure students’ lifelong success.” 

“County college is tuition-free for students with family incomes of $65,000 or below,” said David Socolow, executive director of the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA). “Governor Murphy has enabled HESAA to back up that promise by filling students’ remaining financial aid gaps with more than 25,000 Community College Opportunity Grants since the spring 2019 semester. The impact of this commitment reaches still further, by making an up-front, tuition-free price guarantee that enables tens of thousands of additional students to focus on their postsecondary education without concern about paying the tuition sticker price."

"Many students can now consider enrolling in college with full confidence that their entire county college tuition will be covered by the State of New Jersey. By raising awareness that college is more affordable, we can encourage more students to pursue courses of study that will enhance their lives and careers here in the Garden State,” Socolow added. 

CCOG, which will be administered by HESAA, will provide last-dollar grants to eligible county college students for those tuition costs and fees not already covered by any other state, federal and institutional need-based grants and merit scholarships. Students with adjusted gross incomes of $65,000 or less will be eligible to receive this financial grant for a total of five (5) semesters.

Since taking office, the Murphy Administration has pushed for tuition-free community college for those who qualify.

Tuition-free community college is now the law of the land in New Jersey.https://t.co/90scB36AMK pic.twitter.com/tCHfcsneMa

— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) February 26, 2021

 

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