Brookdale offers assistance with Community College Opportunity Grant Eligibility

Eric Sucar
Brookdale Community College in Lincroft on February 2.

The Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG), a New Jersey state-funded financial aid program for students attending community colleges statewide, may enable thousands of students who meet certain eligibility criteria to attend community colleges tuition free.

To determine one’s eligibility, students must fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the New Jersey Alternate Financial Aid Form prior to Sept. 15.

Representatives from Brookdale Community College can provide free assistance to students, parents and guardians, according to the institution.

“We encourage students and families to contact us to determine their eligibility for the CCOG program,” said Ed Johnson, executive director of government affairs and community relations at Brookdale. “The program will enable many students to pursue their academic and career goals tuition free.”

CCOG can cover fully or partially the gap between awarded financial aid, tuition and fees associated with pursuing a degree or certificate program, according to the institution.

In the recently approved state budget, the adjusted gross income eligibility level was raised to $65,000 with a total allocation of $25 million, according to the institution.

Individuals must meet the following criteria for CCOG eligibility: complete the FAFSA or New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Form; enroll for at least six credits in the Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020 academic terms; have an annual adjustment gross income of $65,000 or less; maintain satisfactory academic progress; and individuals must not already possess a college degree.

Additionally, Brookdale Student Success Navigators are available to visit community and non-profit organizations in Monmouth County. Navigators provide presentations about academic and career programs, as well as information about enrollment and admissions processes. Presentations can be tailored to the specific needs of each group, organization or congregation.

For general information, call 732-224-2020 or visit