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Ocean County residents looking for an affordable college education can take advantage of the Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) at Ocean County College. CCOG provides eligible students with the opportunity to attend New Jersey’s leading community college – for free!

The grant, part of New Jersey’s Free Community College initiative, provides assistance toward the cost of tuition and approved educational fees for up to 18 credits. The program is available to New Jersey students with a total household adjusted gross income of $65,000 or less who are enrolled in at least six credits per semester. All types of students are eligible: part time and full time, recent high school graduates as well as adult learners working toward their first college degree.

There’s never been a better time to realize your dream of a college education – and getting started is easier than you think!

Apply to Ocean County College using our free online application. Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application for NJ Dreamers to determine the federal and state programs available to help you pay for school. There is no separate application for CCOG. Once you complete the FAFSA or the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application, you will automatically be considered for this state aid.

Create your NJ HESAA profile, answer the required questions, and complete the verification documents at

Enroll for a minimum of six credits.

Finances don’t need to prevent you from obtaining a high-quality college education. To learn more about free community college tuition opportunities and see if you qualify for a free college education, visit go.ocean/edu/free today!