Community College Opportunity Grant

We will do everything we can to make sure you can comfortably afford your education.

Khadija Norleden Graduate
Accomplishing an associate degree is a start to a journey I cannot wait to begin. Having to complete a mark in something that truly inspires and motivates me is extremely rewarding. As this beautiful adventure ends, I am beholding on fulfilling my next path with ambition and persistence.
Khadija Norelden
Associate in Science Biology (Science and Mathematics) Magna Cum Laude

How to Apply

  1. Get Started by Visiting: Apply for Financial Aid
  2. If you are a New Jersey Dreamer, complete the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application.
  3. Be sure to logon and keep an eye on your NJFAMS To Do List.


Important Eligibility Requirements for CCOG Award

  • Enrolled in at least six (6) credits per semester.
  • Does not have a prior college degree.
  • Completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA or the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application) according to agency deadlines at
  • Make satisfactory academic progress.
  • To be eligible for CCOG Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) must be no less than $0 and no more than $80,000. 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 HCCC is applied.


Amount of Scholarship

  • CCOG will cover up to the full cost of tuition and approved educational fees.
  • CCOG will cover up to 18 credit hours.
  • CCOG is a last‐dollar scholarship, therefore, the full amount of all state, federal, institutional, and community aid received by the student shall be applied to the tuition and approved educational fee charges to reduce the amount of the CCOG award.

CCOG Frequently Asked Questions

Students enrolled are advised to visit NJFAMS to access their student account and review their To Do List.

Students receiving federal grants, state grants, institutional and community grants and scholarships which cover either their full tuition or full cost of attendance, are not eligible to receive the CCOG award.

It’s important for you to know that, on average, most of HCCC tuition expenses are met through financial aid. And we’ll work with you to make sure you receive all the aid to which you are entitled so you can get started on your education as soon as possible.


Out of the Box Podcast - Community College Opportunity Grant

January 2019
HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber, is joined by HCCC Dean of Enrollment Lisa Dougherty and Student Government Association Vice President Warren Rigby in a discussion about the free tuition, Community College Opportunity Grant.

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Contact Information

Financial Aid Office
Phone: (201) 360-4200 / (201) 360-4214
Text: (201) 744-2767