Requirements for Eligibility
- Must meet the New Jersey residency requirement (same as the TAG grant).
- Have a completed 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Cannot have an associate or bachelor’s degree.
- Must be in a matriculated program of study.
- Enroll in a minimum of 6 credits for the Spring 2019 semester.
- Have an adjusted gross income of $45,000 or less; dependent students refer to the parent(s)' income and independent students to the student and their spouse.
- Currently enrolled students need to be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP).
- Stop-out students (students who have at least a one-semester break in enrollment) who failed to make satisfactory progress may be entitled to this grant if they do not have any other financial obligations to SCC.
- Students are required to attend their home county college unless the program of study is not available or there is a lack of space in the program at the home county college. The student must then complete the chargeback process to receive the CCOG grant at the out-of-county college.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who will have access to the Community College Opportunity Grant program at Salem Community College?
A: The Community College Opportunity Grant program at Salem Community College (SCC) will offer free tuition and eligible fees to those students with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $45,000 or less. Students with an adjusted gross income of $45,000 or less who take six or more credits in the spring 2019 semester will be eligible to receive funding for tuition and educational fees, after applying all other federal and state grant aid, such as federal Pell grants and New Jersey Tuition Assistance Grants.
If you are unsure about your eligibility, contact the SCC Financial Aid Office at email@example.com or (856) 351-2699.
To learn more about adjusted gross income, visit www.irs.gov
Students should visit https://njfams.hesaa.org/NJFAMS to access their student account and review their To Do List.
Q: What expenses are covered under the Community College Opportunity Grant program?
A: The SCC Community College Opportunity Grant program will cover tuition and educational fees for eligible students. Eligible fees are specified here.
Q: When will funding be available to eligible students?
A: The Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) program at SCC will begin in the spring 2019 semester. More information will be shared with students, the campus community, and Salem County residents as it becomes available.
Current students who have already completed a financial aid application for the fall 2018 semester will be automatically considered for CCOG eligibility if they enroll for at least six credits in the spring 2019 semester.
Students who have not yet filed for financial aid for academic year 2018-2019 will have until February 15, 2019 to apply for CCOG awards by completing the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid and the supplemental New Jersey state questions (https://fafsa.ed.gov/), or by completing the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application for New Jersey Dreamers (https://www.hesaa.org/Pages/NJAlternativeApplication.aspx).
Q: Where can I get more information about the Community College Opportunity Grant program at SCC?
A: For more information about the Community College Opportunity Grant program at SCC, visit our website at www.salemcc.edu/financial-aid. Updates are posted regularly as information becomes available.
Q: Why is SCC implementing a Community College Opportunity Grant program?
A: The State of New Jersey is implementing this pilot program to reduce economic barriers to those pursuing post-secondary education and to close the gap between educational costs and existing Federal and State aid. The 2019 state budget includes new funding for the first phase of this community college initiative, including up to $20 million for Community College Opportunity Grant awards statewide to be applied directly to eligible students.