Free Tuition Education Available at Essex County College

When classes at Essex County College (ECC) begin on August 31, thousands of students will have their tuition paid through Gov. Phil Murphy’s state Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) program. Please note that fall classes will be remote instruction, with some customized hybrid forms of instruction to enhance on-line offerings.
The fall semester will run from August 31 to December 18, 2020. Fall II classes are scheduled for October 19 to December 18, 2020.

For more information on CCOG, go to To register for the fall semester, go to

“As an open access institution focused on academic excellence, the CCOG program allows so many of our students to continue their education,” said ECC Acting/Interim President Dr. Augustine Boakye. “Access to the CCOG funds allows Essex County College to continue to provide a quality education to many more students. Their academic success will better their lives, improve their communities, and ultimately move the State of New Jersey forward,” he added.

CCOG provides free tuition for students, whose household income does not exceed $65,000, after all other financial aid has been applied. CCOG dollars cover tuition and most fees. Eligibility is also contingent on qualifying students completing their FAFSA or NJ Alternative form prior to September 15, 2020.

The College launched a Spring Special Session this past May with CCOG money for a limited number of students. That session offered general education courses in a hybrid format. The hybrid course provides students both class time and online course work.

This fall, the College’s full academic offerings will be available to students who are attending through CCOG.

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