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NJ Community College Opportunity Grant

What is CCOG?

The New Jersey Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) makes community colleges affordable for New Jerseyans.

For qualifying New Jersey residents with an annual adjusted gross income (AGI) between $0 and $65,000, CCOG covers the cost of tuition (at the in-county rate) and approved educational fees not already covered by any other federal, state, institutional and community financial aid. U.S. citizens and New Jersey Dreamers may apply!

New Jersey residents with AGIs between $65,001 and $80,000 pay reduced tuition costs after up to one-half of the maximum CCOG award available at their community college is applied.

New Jersey residents with AGIs between $80,001 and $100,000 pay reduced tuition costs after up to one-third of the maximum CCOG award available at their community college is applied.

Requirements / How to Apply

To qualify, you must:


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Frequently Asked Questions

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 $100,000.

CCOG pays “Required Fees” which are outlined by the United States Department of Education:

  • General fees
  • Registration fees
  • Facility fees
  • Technology fees
  • Lab fees
  • Program/General Course Fees, including fees for coursework in nursing, culinary, and other career and technical education programs
  • Online access fees
  • Student Activity fees

Non-Educational Fees such as:

  • Books (purchased or rental)
  • Equipment/Supplies/Uniforms (purchase or rental)
  • Insurance/Health Fees
  • Application Fees
  • Library Fees
  • Late Fees or Fines
  • Testing/Portfolio/Audit Fees
  • Licensing/Certification Fees
  • Criminal Background Check Fees
  • Parking Fees
  • Gym/Fitness Fees
  • Aviation/Flight Time Fees
  • Change Fees
  • Graduation/Diploma Fees
  • Transcript Fees
  • International Fees
  • Out-of-state or Out-of-county Fees
  • Curriculum Review Fees
  • Payment Plan Fees

To apply for CCOG, all students (renewal and new students) must complete an MCCC admission application and file the FAFSA or New Jersey Alternative Application according to agency deadlines.

Mercer County Community College can help with enrollment. Please call 609.570.3451 or email 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.

Mercer’s SAP Policy

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.