Hudson County Community College and Fairleigh Dickinson University to Sign Agreement for ‘HCCC-FDU Scholar Program’

September 15, 2016

September 15, 2016, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) and Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) will sign an Agreement of Understanding for a dual admission program that allows HCCC students to complete upper division courses required for FDU undergraduate and selected combined bachelor’s/master’s programs once they have completed their associate’s degrees at HCCC at 40% savings on the FDU tuition rate.

The signing will take place on Monday, September 19 at 2 p.m. in the Hudson County Community College Board Room - 70 Sip Avenue in Jersey City. HCCC President Glen Gabert, Ph.D., FDU President Christopher Capuano, Ph.D., HCCC Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Eric Friedman, Ph.D., FDU Florham Campus Provost Peter Woolley, Ph.D., HCCC Dean of Instruction/Arts Christopher Wahl, FDU Community Partnership Director Anthony Mastropietro, and HCCC Associate Dean of School and College Relations Pamela Littles.

“As it stands right now, tuition for students working to complete an associate degree program here at Hudson County Community College is only about $4,200 per year, which is a fraction of the cost of tuition at most four-year colleges and universities,” Dr. Gabert said. “This agreement translates to nearly $15,000 in savings each year for our graduates who go on to FDU through this program.”

There are other significant financial incentives written into the agreement. These include:

  • HCCC Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society graduates will receive a $16,000 per year academic scholarship in lieu of the 40% reduction.
  • HCCC students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or greater will receive a $1,000 merit scholarship each year at FDU in addition to the 40% reduction.
  • Students who qualify for NJ STARS II will receive a $2,500 scholarship each year at FDU in addition to the 40% reduction, or Phi Theta Kappa scholarship.
  • Students eligible for a combined degree will receive the 40% reduction through their graduate studies at FDU, unless the student enrolls in a graduate program with a more favorable tuition reduction already in place.
  • Students who choose to reside on the FDU Metropolitan or Florham Campus will receive a $1,500 per year housing grant in addition to their tuition benefit.

All reductions are for tuition only and do not apply to fees, or room or board.

“We are proud to partner with HCCC and extend our programs to more deserving students,” said FDU President Christopher A. Capuano. “Providing an affordable education is critical today, and we know that many HCCC students will take advantage of this program to fulfill their academic goals.”

“As this agreement demonstrates, we at Hudson County Community College and our partners at FDU are doing all we can to ensure that the people of Hudson County can obtain the post-secondary education they need and deserve without going into debt,” Dr. Gabert stated.

Students wishing to participate in the HCCC-FDU Dual Admission program must meet the criteria for all FDU degree programs.

Complete details on the new program may be obtained by contacting the HCCC Admissions Office at admissionsFREEHUDSONCOUNTYCOMMUNITYCOLLEGE.