Meeting the costs of a obtaining a college education is a challenge for most students and families. Our core mission is our dedication to providing excellent service to the students of Essex County College by anticipating and responding to their individual and diverse needs. This site provides both prospective and enrolled students with the information and tools necessary to apply for all sources of available aid. We invite you to refer to it regularly for updates, commonly used forms and other useful financial aid publications. The Office of Financial Aid is committed to promoting universal access to higher education by providing you with the financial solutions to achieving your academic goals.

 

What is Financial Aid?

The cost of attending Essex County College remains highly affordable. Yet it is understandable that many students need financial assistance while working toward their degree. Financial aid is funding to offset college cost that comes from federal and state sources. The financial aid office at ECC administers several different types of aid for students, including grants, scholarships, and work-study. Financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships does not have to be repaid. Financial aid in the form of work-study must be earned by the student through employment on campus. At ECC, financial aid is awarded to students based on financial need and/or merit. A student may have a combination of grants, scholarships, and work-study in their financial aid package. We encourage students to apply for financial aid. Several million dollars are allotted from federal and state sources for this purpose. Information we receive on behalf of your application for financial aid is treated with utmost confidentiality.


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