Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree.  To be eligible, student must enroll in a degree program and be matriculated for your first bachelor's degree. Students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, and meet all other requirements. Students selected for verification are required to submit to the Financial Aid Office all requested financial documentation from both the student and parent before any financial aid is awarded. Pell Grant program allows an eligible student to receive up to 150 percent of the scheduled Pell award for an award year.


Undergraduate students with financial need who are enrolled in a participating educational institution such as HCCC may qualify. FSEOG requirements must be met. Students must be citizens or eligible non-citizens. Grants, which are at least $100.00 per year, vary according to the availability of funds and are renewable annually based upon satisfactory academic progress and continued eligibility. FSEOG is awarded on a first-come, first-served funds available basis.


Students are eligible if they are enrolled as undergraduates in a program that leads to a degree or certificate at HCCC and are enrolled for at least half-time. Applicants must demonstrate need for student aid and must have lived in New Jersey for 12 consecutive months prior to September 15 for fall awards or 12 consecutive months prior to February 15 for spring only awards before receiving the grant. Students must be citizens or eligible non-citizens of the U.S. All applicants must submit a FAFSA to determine eligibility by the specified deadlines.


The Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) is a tuition-free program administered by the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA). CCOG awards pay for the cost of tuition and approved education 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 HCCC is applied.

To be eligible for the CCOG, students must:

  1. Be a New Jersey resident with an AGI between $0 - $80,000
  2. Complete the FAFSA or NJ Alternative Aid Application by applicable state deadlines
  3. Enroll in at least six (6) credits per semester
  4. Have not yet earned a college degree and
  5. Making satisfactory academic progress.

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. Students must complete either the FAFSA or the NJ Alternative Application by the state deadline.


New Jersey’s state funded financial aid for higher education is now available to all qualifying students, regardless of their immigration status. Under the new policy, graduates of New Jersey high schools who do not have documented immigration status, but who meet other qualifying criteria, will be eligible to apply for state-funded financial aid for post-secondary education. Students must complete and submit the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application. The New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) will determine the student’s eligibility for NJ State grants.



Contact Information

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