CCOG, which will be administered by the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), will provide last-dollar grants to eligible county college students for those tuition costs and fees not already covered by any other State, federal, and institutional need-based grants and merit scholarships.
Students with adjusted gross incomes of $65,000 or less will be eligible to receive this financial grant for a total of five semesters.
This legislation also directs the Legislature to appropriate funding for the “Student Success Incentive” to the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, for distribution to each county college. This funding will be used to support outreach and student success initiatives to further the goals of the CCOG grant program, according to officials.
For the Fiscal Year 2022 budget, the Governor has proposed $27 million to support the CCOG grant program.
“New Jersey now sends a clear message: county college is tuition-free for students with family incomes of $65,000 or below,” said David Socolow, executive director, HESAA.