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BRANCHBURG – You may be eligible for free tuition at Raritan Valley Community College.

The college is participating in the New Jersey Community Opportunity Grant (CCOG) program, which offers free community college to qualified students.

The free tuition program is still available for students enrolling in the fall semester, which begins on Aug. 28.

Eligible students will receive free tuition and most educational fees for up to 18 credits per semester. Tuition for Somerset and Hunterdon residents at the college is $162 per credit. Tuition for a full course of study – 15 credits – is $2,430.

The program is also available for the spring 2020 semester. But students must make satisfactory academic progress to continue in the program.

“I’m delighted that students at Raritan Valley Community College are now eligible for the state’s tuition-free community college program for the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters,” said college President Michael McDonough. “The grant program will transform the lives of our most deserving students.”

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The grant will also cover most educational fees including general fees, lab fees, program fees, registration fees and technology fees. For example, the technology fee per semester is $125.

The program does not cover the cost of books, computers and other supplies, application fees, graduation fees, transcript fees and late fees.

To qualify for the free tuition program a student must have a total household adjusted income not exceeding $65,000; be a resident of Somerset or Hunterdon counties, apply to the college and take any required placement testing; complete an application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA), including the state questions; enroll in at least six credits per semester and not have a prior college degree.

Dreamers must complete the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application.

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Independent students – those who do not have to report their parent income on the FAFSA application – must have an adjusted gross income not exceeding $65,000. Dependent students – those who must report their parent information on their FAFSA – must have a parent adjusted gross income not exceeding $65,000.

To begin the process, students should fill out the 2019-2020 FASFA application The college’s school code is 007731.

Students who do not meet the citizenship requirements for FASFA should go to to determine if they are eligible to fill out the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application. Students who have already completed their 2019-2020 FASFA and are current students, or have applied to the college will automatically be considered for the grant.


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More information about the free tuition program will be available  at the college’s Instant Decision Days – Aug. 8, 15 and 27 – in Rooms 101 and 102 of the Event/Conference Center.

Participants may attend the Instant Decision Days any time from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.. However, the college is asking those attending to register in advance and give themselves plenty of time to complete the admissions process. To register for an RVCC Instant Decision Day, visit

For more information about the free tuition at RVCC, visit,, email; or call the college’s Financial Aid Office at 908-526-1200, Ext. 8729.

Staff Writer Mike Deak: 908-243-6607;

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