The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that eligible students may attend Union County College tuition-free through the Freeholder Scholars Program. The next round of scholarships applies to the 2018-2019 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, who is himself 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.”

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

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The Freeholder Scholars Program is funded by the Freeholder Board. 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 Union County College 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) Union County College 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, Associate Director of Financial Aid at Union County College, 908-965-2342.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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Photo Caption: In 2016 Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, Freeholders Christopher Hudak and Angel G. Estrada, and recently retired Freeholder Vernell Wright joined Union County College President Dr. Margaret McMenamin, Union County College Board of Trustees Chair Victor Richel and Union County College Foundation Chair Jeffrey Katz last year to congratulate some of the Union County College students who received Freeholders Scholarships that year. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)