Mercer County Residents: Make Your Dreams a Reality at MCCC!
The New Jersey Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) covers the cost of tuition and certain educational fees for qualified students after all other federal, state, institutional and community aid has been applied. U.S. citizens and New Jersey Dreamers may apply!
To qualify, you must:
CCOG awards pay for the cost of tuition (at the in-county rate) and approved educational fees for New Jersey residents with an annual adjusted gross income (AGI) between $0 and $65,000. New Jersey residents with AGIs between $65,001 and $80,000 pay reduced tuition costs after up to 50% of the maximum CCOG award available at their community college is applied. CCOG covers the cost of tuition and approved educational fees that are not already covered by federal and state financial aid or scholarships.
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In simple terms, your AGI is your income minus certain deductions. For a dependent student, AGI refers to the parental AGI reported on the financial aid application. For an independent student, AGI refers to the AGI reported on the financial aid application for the student, and if applicable, the student’s spouse.
For CCOG award eligibility, AGI must not exceed $80,000.
CCOG pays “Required Fees” which are outlined by the United States Department of Education:
Non-Educational Fees such as:
Mercer County Community College can help with enrollment. Please call 609.570.3451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with a Success Coach for assistance.
Students are still eligible for this grant if they have already registered and paid for upcoming classes.
To apply for Community College Opportunity Grant awards, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the supplemental New Jersey state questions, or complete the Alternative Application for New Jersey Dreamers.
After final award amounts and eligibility are determined by the NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), the student’s account will be adjusted and a refund issued.
Students who are in a dual enrollment program and still in high school would not be eligible for CCOG. They must be matriculated students with a high school diploma or GED.
A student taking remedial courses may be eligible for CCOG if the student meets all other CCOG eligibility requirements, including the institution’s definition of part-time or full-time enrollment in accordance with N.J.A.C. 9A:9-2.10 Verification of Enrollment and Academic Performance.
This grant is only good for credit classes. If you would like to find out more about MCCC’s non-credit classes, please visit the MCCC Continuing Education website.
To be eligible for state financial aid, including CCOG, students must meet the minimum standards for academic performance and progress. MCCC reviews SAP at the end of each academic term for which a student is enrolled.
Students who fail to meet institutional standards for academic performance and progress are not eligible to receive State financial aid through the programs administered by HESAA until such time as the institution is able to certify they are in good academic standing and are making satisfactory academic progress.
The New Jersey county college the student attends shall notify the student of CCOG eligibility including scholarship amount as part of financial aid award information, as well as any supplemental methods the college determines appropriate.