Tuition Free College at Essex

Community College Opportunity Grant

What is the Community College Opportunity Grant?

This grant will cover FULL TUITION and approved education fees for 6-18 college credits for eligible students after all other state, federal, institutional, and community aid have been applied.


You May Be Eligible If You:
  • Have been a resident of Essex County for one year;
  • Have an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of no more than $65,000;
  • Enroll in 6-18 college credits for the Fall 2020; and
  • Complete a FAFSA or NJ Alternative Application
Question or Inquiries:


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Eligibility Information Sheet

A US Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen

Completed the 2020-2021 FAFSA and satisfy all eligibility requirements:

  • Have a valid social security number
  • Enroll in a degree-seeking or certificate program
  • Register for Selective Service (males age 18-25)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Have a high school diploma or GED

Click here  for additional CCOG eligibility requirements. FAQ’s can be downloaded here.

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An Undocumented or DACA student

Completed the 2020-2021 NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application and satisfy all eligibility requirements:

  • Have attended a NJ high school for at least 3 years
  • Graduate from a NJ high school or receive the equivalent of a high school diploma in NJ
  • Register for Selective Service (males age 18-25)

File an affidavit stating that you have filed or will file an application to legalize your immigration status as soon as you are eligible.

Key Dates

  • Registration for Fall 2020 courses is NOW OPEN
  • Fall 2020 classes begin August 31, 2020
  • 2020-2021 Financial Aid Deadline is September 15, 2020

New Features for 2020-2021

  • Now covers dependent students who are attending college part-time (typically two classes) in a semester.
  • Now covers fees for nursing, culinary, and other career and technical education programs. (More details to come!)

To Qualify You Must...

  • Have a total household adjusted gross income not exceeding $65,000.
  • Not have a prior college degree.
  • Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at, including submission of all required documents.
  • Make satisfactory academic progress.


Your Next Steps

  • Apply for financial aid. We can help you complete the FAFSA form.
  • Complete your ECC admission application.

All students must complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) or the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application to apply for all available forms of federal and state need-based grants and merit scholarships by September 15, 2020. The student must satisfy all requirements to determine his or her eligibility to receive payments of these state and federal grants and scholarships within established state deadlines. The FAFSA can be completed at Jersey Dreamers should complete the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application at

Filing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA®)

Students must create a federal student aid identification number (FSA ID) at to sign the FAFSA electronically, then complete the application at . The application will be processed within 5 – 7 days. We recommend that the student check the status of the application in the Myecc portal.


Assistance needed with filing the FAFSA® 

Call our financial aid office at (973)877-3200 to setup an appointment for assistance, then after 5 – 7 days visit the Myecc portal to check the application status.

If a student cannot access the Myecc portal, please direct them to Enrollment Services.

Disclaimer: Tuition grants offered through MCCC are limited to Essex County residents. The total amount of funds from the Community College Opportunity Grant is based upon the funding received through your FAFSA application and other tuition assistance monies received. Funding is by the State of New Jersey and is subject to change. All tuition funds are deposited to the college on behalf of each student in the program.

Policy and Procedures

Paying for College

Financial Aid

At ECC, student loan debt is not a prerequisite to getting a degree. Find out how you can get federal and state assistance to attend.


You should be rewarded for hard work and high achievement. Find out what scholarships might be available to make your continuing education more affordable.

Payment Options

Any other financial questions you may have about attending ECC – from costs to methods of payment to ways to get help with tuition, the bursar can help.