About 125,000 Burlington County residents may qualify to attend Rowan College at Burlington County with paying fees or tuition, according to Census date quoted by the college Thursday morning.
The state’s free community college program, known as the Community College Opportunity Grant, covers most tuition and fees for students who do not have a college degree and whose family income is less than $65,000.
According to Census data, more than one-third of Burlington County residents meet the income requirements while half of the county’s adults do not have a college degree.
“There is a great need in our county, and the value proposition for residents who need a degree has never been better,” Rowan College at Burlington County President Dr. Michael A. Cioce said. “The fall semester starts soon, and we have a team in the Student Success Center who can help you take advantage of this opportunity right now.”
In the spring, about 200 students at the college benefited from the program, college officials said. They expect that number to grow this fall after the college had time to promote the program.
“Thanks to this grant, I am able to focus on academics, and I am on track to finish my degree without the constant fear that I won’t be able to pay for the required classes,” said Erin Fintner, who benefited from funding as she returned to college to pursue a career as a paralegal. “Now, I feel like I can continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree — and maybe even attend law school.”
To learn more about the program, visit rcbc.edu/free.