RVCC to Offer Free Tuition for Eligible Students

Thursday, July 25, 2019
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Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in Branchburg will be participating in the New Jersey Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) Program, which offers free community college to qualified students.

The free tuition program is available for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. RVCC’s Fall Semester begins August 28.

In order to qualify for free tuition at RVCC, a student must:

•    have a total household adjusted income not exceeding $65,000
•    be a resident of Somerset or Hunterdon County
•    apply to RVCC and take any required placement testing
•    complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA), including the state questions; Dreamers must complete the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application
•    enroll in at least 6 credits each semester for Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020
•    not have a prior college degree

Visit www.raritanval.edu/opportunity to learn more about the Opportunity Grant.
Eligible students will receive free tuition and most educational fees for up to 18 credits a semester. They also must make satisfactory academic progress at the College to remain eligible for the grant.

Independent students – those who do not have to report their parent income on their 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 at www.fafsa.gov. RVCC’s school code is 007731. Students who do not meet the citizenship requirements for FASFA should go to www.njgrants.org to determine if they are eligible to fill out the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application. Students who have already filled out their 2019-2020 FASFA and are current RVCC students, or have applied to RVCC, will automatically be considered for the grant.  

The Opportunity Grant covers tuition and most educational fees including general fees, lab fees, program fees, registration fees and technology fees. It does not cover books, computers and other supplies, application fees, graduation fees, transcript fees and late fees.

Learn more about free tuition at one of RVCC’s Instant Decision Days, August 8, August 15 and August 27, all in the Event/Conference Center (Rooms 101 and 102) at the College’s Branchburg campus. Participants may attend the Instant Decision Days any time from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; however, those attending are asked to register in advance and give themselves plenty of time to complete the admissions process. To register for an RVCC Instant Decision Day, visit www.raritanval.edu/visit.

For additional information about free tuition at RVCC, visit, www.raritanval.edu/opportunity; email opportunity@raritanval.edu; or call the RVCC Financial Aid Office, 908-526-1200, ext. 8729.

Ranked by BestColleges.com, WalletHub.com, and Niche.com as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to  a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory; a 1,000-seat Theatre offering professional performances for all ages; and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.



July 25, 2019

Media contact: Donna Stolzer, 908-526-1200, ext. 8383

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