More than 13,000 students in New Jersey will be able to attend one of 13 community colleges free of tuition and educational fees, starting in January 2019, as part of a new pilot program. It’s the first tangible step in Gov. Phil Murphy’s plan to eventually make education at all community colleges free.
New Jersey has 19 community colleges, all of which applied to participate in the program, known as the Community College Innovation Challenge. The 13 chosen colleges will receive a $250,000 grant for such things as student outreach, recruitment, and support.
The 13 are: Atlantic Cape Community College; Bergen Community College; Camden County College; Cumberland County College; Hudson County Community College; Mercer County Community College; Middlesex County College; Ocean County College; Passaic County Community College; Rowan College at Gloucester County; Salem Community College; Union County College; and Warren County Community College.
“For many students, the net price of community college remains out of reach even after accounting for the financial aid they could receive,” said David J. Socolow, executive director of HESAA. “Removing the barrier of tuition and educational fees can make the difference that enables students to complete their studies.”