More than any other year, a College education is affordable for all, thanks to both state and federal initiatives and adjustments to help families through the COVID 19 Pandemic.
Complete Your FAFSA
All students intending to pursue a degree program are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed at www.fafsa.gov. Students without or NJ Alternative Application,which allows Dreamers to be considered for state financial aid.
Based on your FAFSA or your NJ Alternative Application data, you may be eligible for the following programs: Federal Pell Grants, State Tuition Aid Grants, Educational Opportunity Program Grant and the latest NJ Program: Community College Opportunity Grants (CCOG).
CCOG was signed into law as a permanent program on February 26, 2021. It is intended to support students and families who may just miss qualifying for Pell or TAG funding because they are earning incomes up to $65,000 per year. The program supports tuition and fee costs at community colleges and has been referred to as “free community college for those making under $65,000 per year). Eligibility for these funds is determined through the FAFSA or the NJ Alternative Application. Contact the financial aid office at [email protected] if you have any questions on this or other programs.
For 2021-22, the Federal Government has allowed Financial Aid offices the ability to incorporate recent financial circumstances related to the COVID pandemic, rather than to rely on older tax data. Students whose individual or family incomes were impacted by COVID 19 (such a temporary furlough, layoff or reduction in working hours) may be factored into your federal financial aid eligibility. It is important that you speak with a financial aid advisor if you had any of these circumstances related to COVID.
Finally, WCCC also has funds available to help students not only with educational costs but also with other costs related to the pandemic. For example, students who might have additional expenses (such as childcare costs), technology costs or even food expenses may be eligible to receive additional funds. More information on this may be found on our COVID Information page. http://www.warren.edu/covid-19-updates-click-here-for-up-to-date-information/
Should you have any questions or need to know the next steps, please contact the Financial Aid office at [email protected].