BREAKING NEWS: Newly Signed Bill A4410, Permanently Establishes Community College Opportunity Grant Program (CCOG), Providing Free Attendance at County College in New Jersey For Qualifying Students

The Governor signed bill A4410 on February 26, 2021, which brings a college education into the grasp of New Jersey students who might not have otherwise been able to afford such an opportunity. This program has been several years in the making, and is big news for students and parents alike who have been losing sleep over whether or how they will be able to pay for school.

According to the Governor’s Office press release:

CCOG, which will be administered by the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), will provide last-dollar grants to eligible county college students for those tuition costs and fees not already covered by any other State, federal, and institutional need-based grants and merit scholarships. Students with adjusted gross incomes of $65,000 or less will be eligible to receive this financial grant for a total of five (5) semesters. This legislation also directs the Legislature to appropriate funding for the “Student Success Incentive” to the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, for distribution to each county college. This funding will be used to support outreach and student success initiatives to further the goals of the CCOG grant program.

Applications for the grant program can be made through the HESAA website.

If you have questions about the new legislation and how it might impact your family or your family law matter, contact us at Hoagland Longo. Reach out to Andrea Mackaronis at amackaronis@hoaglandlongo.com or at 732-545-4717 to schedule a free initial consultation.