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Cumberland County College chosen to pilot Community College Opportunity Grant

Friday, September 28, 2018
Governor Phil Murphy, on Thursday, September 27, announced that Cumberland County College is one of 13 community colleges in New Jersey chosen to pilot the Community College Innovation Challenge initiative during the spring 2019 semester.

Approximately 13,000 qualifying students statewide are estimated to be able to attend one of the designated community colleges, free of tuition and educational fees, starting in January 2019.

“We are excited about the opportunity to pilot the Community College Opportunity Grant during the spring 2019 semester,” said Cumberland County College interim president Shelly O. Schneider, Ed.D. “This will give our students a needed boost to obtain a degree for a career in their desired area of interest. This is certainly one step to improve opportunities and lives for members of our community.”

All 19 of New Jersey’s community colleges applied to participate in the program, signaling interest and need across the state. Each one of New Jersey’s community colleges will receive a $250,000 grant for student outreach, recruitment and support, and to build capacity for future expansion of the program.

New Jersey’s Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority jointly reviewed the applications and selected the following community colleges to pilot the program: Atlantic Cape Community College; Bergen Community College; Camden County College; Cumberland County College; Hudson County Community College; Mercer County Community College; Middlesex County College; Ocean County College; Passaic County Community College; Rowan College at Gloucester County; Salem Community College; Union County College; and Warren County Community College.

Students enrolled at least half time at these 13 pilot community colleges will be eligible to receive “last-dollar” Community College Opportunity Grants (CCOG), which will cover any remaining costs of tuition and approved educational fees after applying all other financial aid grant awards to the student’s account. For the spring 2019 pilot, students coming from families with adjusted gross incomes between $0 and $45,000 will be eligible for CCOG awards. To remain eligible for the program in the future, students will be required to maintain satisfactory academic progress at their college.

In today’s changing economy, more and more residents of New Jersey will need a post-secondary credential or degree in order to have a career that provides a family-sustaining wage.

Cumberland County College is appreciative of Governor Murphy’s vision for a stronger New Jersey, one in which financial barriers no longer restrict people from getting the post-secondary education they need to be successful in their careers and lives.