UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Freeholders have announced that eligible students may attend Union County College (UCC) tuition-free through the Freeholder Scholars Program. The next round of scholarships applies to the 2018-19 academic year.

“A college education should be available to any qualified student regardless of their family income, and upon graduation they should be able to start their careers without a crushing load of debt,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, an alumnus of Union County College.

“The Freeholder Scholars program has helped make college affordable for a generation of Union County students, and we are looking forward to helping many more students start their college careers at UCC, which provides outstanding educational resources and is one of the top two-year colleges in New Jersey.”

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Since 1999, nearly 2,000 students have attended Union County College through the Freeholder Scholars Program.

The Freeholder Scholars Program is funded by the county. To be eligible, students must be Union County residents who have attained a record of academic success in high school. The scholarship covers tuition and fees at UCC for two years, for students pursuing an associate’s degree.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Full time enrollment status at Union County College (12 credits or more per semester)
  • A minimum of 3.0 (or B average) achieved in high school
  • Union County resident (per existing Union County College residency policy)
  • Annual family income of $75,000 or less

Students applying for the Freeholder Scholars Program must file for federal and state financial aid. Those who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are automatically considered for the Freeholder Scholarship Program. The Freeholder Scholarship will cover the difference between full-time (12 credit hours) UCC tuition and fees and the grant and scholarship assistance received.

Continuing students who maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA at Union County College and earn a minimum of 12 non-remedial credits per semester are eligible to receive the scholarship for four consecutive Fall/Spring semesters.

For more information about the Freeholder Scholarship, contact Brian Birch, UCC Associate Director of Financial Aid at 908-965-2342.