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Eligibility & How to Apply

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Students must enroll for a minimum of 6 credits. The program will provide assistance for tuition and approved fees up to 18 credits per semester after all other sources of financial aid are exhausted.
  2. The Community College Opportunity Grant is available for Fall and Spring semesters only.
  3. Independent students – those who do not have to report their parent income on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application – must have an Adjusted Gross Income of less than $65,000. Dependent students – those who must report their parent information on their FAFSA – must have a parent Adjusted Gross Income of less than $65,000. Those with a negative Adjusted Gross Income are not eligible for this program.
  4. Students must enroll in their home county college. If a student’s program of study is not offered at their home county college, the student may be eligible at another participating county college. In this case, the student is responsible for submitting an approved chargeback form. Get more information about chargeback procedures.
  5. Students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress as determined by the Financial Aid Department. For more information in Satisfactory Academic Progress guidelines please visit our page on keeping your financial aid eligibility.
  6. Students who are not meeting SAP standards who are eligible for the Community College Opportunity Grant are encouraged to meet with a SAP advisor in Academic Advising (West Hall, 2nd Floor) for assistance in regaining their eligibility.

How to Apply

  1. The first step to apply for the Community College Opportunity Grant is to fill out a FAFSA application at fafsa.gov
    1. It is recommended that you create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) for yourself and your parents before starting the FAFSA application.
    2. Middlesex County College’s FAFSA school code is 002615.
      Screenshot: FAFSA: Apply for Aid. New and returning users.
    3. For the Fall 2021 semester, you must complete the 2021-22 FAFSA.
    4. This application is based on 2019 income.
    5. Applications must be processed as follows:

      • February 15, 2021, for new students attending the Spring 2021 semester
      • April 15, 2021, for returning students attending the Fall 2021 semester
      • September 15, 2021 for new students attending the Fall 2021 semester
  2. On your FAFSA confirmation page, select the link “Start your state application to apply for New Jersey state-based financial aid”
    Screenshot: Start your state application to apply for New Jersey state-based financial aid
  3. Students who do not meet the citizenship requirements to file a FAFSA may be able to apply by filling out the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application at njgrants.org

    1. To qualify, you must have attended a NJ high school for at least three years and obtained a high school diploma or GED certificate.
    2. Males must register for Selective Service at sss.gov.
    3. Applicants must submit a NJ Alternative Financial Aid Affidavit to the College.
  4. Students must apply for admission to Middlesex County College, if they have not already done so.
  5. About two weeks after a student has submitted the FAFSA application or New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application, the student will need to create an account on New Jersey’s NJFAMS systems, available at njgrants.org

    1. Students will need to create an account and then log in.
    2. Students should check their status for all state aid programs to see if there is any additional information being requested from the State of New Jersey.
  6. Students must comply with any requests for additional information from their school, the U.S. Department of Education, and/or N.J. HESAA.
  7. Eligible students will be automatically awarded.

For More Information

For more information about the Community College Opportunity Grant program, please see:

https://www.hesaa.org/Pages/ccog.aspx
https://www.middlesexcc.edu/financial-aid/free-community-college-program/

If you have specific questions about your eligibility, please email faid@middlesexcc.edu .


About the Program

About the Program

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Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures

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