Are You Eligible for Tuition-Free College at Union County College This Fall?

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CRANFORD – Union County residents may be eligible to attend Union County College tuition-free this fall through the New Jersey Community College Opportunity Grant. The Grant was recently extended and expanded by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.

Students who have an adjusted gross income up to $65,000 may be eligible for funding. This is a $20,000 increase from the prior income cap in spring 2019 of $45,000. With this change, additional residents of Union County may be able to take advantage of tuition-free college.

County residents who fall within the income range and who want to earn their associate degree may be eligible. This includes individuals with college credits but no degree and those who have never attended Union. Eligible students may attend part or full-time and take classes on campus or online.

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 To receive funding, new and returning students must file the Free Application for Student Assistance (FAFSA) or the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application for NJ Dreamers. Students must have been a County resident for at least one year and meet the adjusted gross income level. The grant will cover the full cost of tuition and approved educational fees for a minimum of 6 credits and up to 18 credit hours.

With the fall semester approaching, interested Union County residents are encouraged to fill out the free application to the College at, complete their financial aid application, and register for fall classes. The fall semester at Union starts on Sept. 4. Students must register for classes by Sept. 3.

“Union County College is excited to offer this opportunity. With the expansion of the income level to $65,000, we will be able to help more Union County residents earn their degree and achieve their dream of becoming a college graduate,” stated Union County College President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin. “At Union County College, we know that an education opens doors and improves the lives of our county’s residents and their families.”

For more information about the program, go to and click on “Tuition-Free College.”

Union County College is a public comprehensive community college providing quality, affordable, accessible educational programs to the greater Union County region. It is the first of New Jersey’s 18 Associate Degree colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College enrolls almost 20,000 credit, non-credit, and continuing education students and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many programs lead to an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or an Associate in Applied Science degree.

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