CRANFORD – Union County residents who are interested in attending Union County College tuition-free for the spring 2019 semester should fill out the free application and apply for financial aid as soon as possible. In September, at Union’s Cranford campus, Governor Murphy announced that Union was one of the 13 New Jersey community colleges that would be participating in the pilot program for the Community College Opportunity Grant.

Students who applied for financial aid for the fall 2018 semester will be automatically considered for support from the grant if they are enrolled for between 6-18 credits at Union for the Spring 2019 semester and meet eligibility requirements.

Funding from the Community College Opportunity Grant will be added to an eligible student’s financial aid after all other grant awards have been applied. The additional aid will cover the remaining costs of tuition and approved education fees. Students will be required to maintain satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible for the funding.

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Residents of Union County who have earned credits but have not completed their degree or those who have never attended college may qualify for the grant if all eligibility requirements are met. As well, part-time students are eligible, so if you are working full-time and are taking at least six credits, you may be covered.

Students who have not yet filed for financial aid for the 2018-2019 academic year need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (fafsa.ed.gov) or should complete the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application for New Jersey Dreamers. All the information and guidelines for the completion of the forms can be found at Union’s website www.ucc.edu under the section, “Tuition-Free College.”  Classes at Union begin on Jan. 22, so now is the time to commit to enroll .

Other grant recipients include: Atlantic Cape Community College; Bergen Community College; Camden County College; Cumberland County College; Hudson County Community College; Mercer County Community College; Middlesex County College; Ocean County College; Passaic County Community College; Rowan College at Gloucester County; Salem Community College; and Warren County Community College.

Please note that the state deadline for the completion of all forms is in mid-February, but to begin classes at Union on Jan. 22, you must register for classes by Jan. 21.

For more information about the degrees and certificates offered at Union, go to www.ucc.edu/tuitionfree/.

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