Academic Catalog

Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid

Ocean County College provides financial assistance to qualified students through various combinations of grants, loans, and part-time employment. Eligibility is determined on an individual basis. Recipients are required to meet program guidelines and maintain good academic standing.

Unless otherwise specified, financial aid is awarded on an annual basis and students must reapply each year.

All students applying for financial aid must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The form can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

For State aid, FAFSA applications to attend Ocean County College must be received by the Federal Processor no later than September 15 for fall semester and February 15 for spring semester. Applications submitted after the above State deadlines are considered late and may result in a loss of State aid. Late applicants should expect to pay for their own tuition, fees and books, but those who establish eligibility for financial aid may receive a refund after processing is completed

Verification

A student’s application may be selected for review in a process called Verification. In this process, a school is required to compare information from the application with copies of the Federal IRS tax returns or tax transcripts, W-2 forms or other financial documents. The law says the school is required to ask the student for this information before awarding aid. If the student is selected, please be aware of the following document submission deadlines for the State. NO AID will be awarded until a file is complete. If we do not receive the information in a timely manner, students should expect to pay for their tuition, fees and books until the file is complete and the student is awarded.

Students must maintain academic progress with parameters defined by the U.S. Department of Education.  Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative Federal GPA and complete 67% of classes within a given semester.  No distinction is made between “F” grades, “W” grades or “I” grades with regard to Financial Aid Standards of progress.  See a financial aid officer for complete details.

Special Circumstances

If a student experiences financial hardships during the current tax year, they may request a special circumstance review of their application.  Students may be required to complete the verification process before their special circumstances are considered.  Students should expect to pay their tuition, fees and books until the review is completed and the student is awarded.  Students requesting a special circumstance review after January 1st will be required to provide W-2s and an IRS Tax Return Transcript for the current year before the Financial Aid Office will consider a special circumstance review.

Financial Aid Deferments

The Director of Financial Aid is the official responsible for granting financial award or scholarship related deferments. Under most situations there is no additional charge to the student.

Financial Aid Programs and Scholarships available at OCC:

Federal

  • Federal Work-Study (FWS)
  • Pell Grants (PELL)
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
  • PLUS loans
  • Federal Direct Loans

State of New Jersey

  • Community College Opportunity Grant  (CCOG)
  • Governor's Urban Scholarship (GUS)
  • Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Grant
  • Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Scholarship (LEOM)
  • NJ CLASS Loans
  • NJ Dreamers
  • NJ Governor's Industry Vocations Scholarship for Women and Minorities (NJ-GIVS)
  • NJ Stars Program
  • NJ World Trade Center Scholarships (WTC)
  • Survivor Tuition Benefits Program (STB)
  • Tuition Aid Grant (TAG)

Other Programs

Other educational benefits are available to eligible students through the Veterans Administration, New Jersey Rehabilitation Commission and the Ocean County College Foundation. Applications and additional information can be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Office, located on the first floor in the Administration Building.

Veterans

Veterans, dependents of veterans, and other military personnel may apply to receive educational assistance from the Veterans Administration while enrolled at Ocean County College. All new students should contact the Financial Aid Office located on the first floor of the Administration building prior to enrolling in classes. The Financial Aid Office also assists with applications to federal and State programs and scholarships. VA processing takes about six to eight weeks.

Once VA eligibility is determined, all new students should contact the Advising Office. Students must enroll in a degree program or Approved Certificate program. Certificate programs are limited and must be verified for benefits. Students may take certain courses for transfer to a degree at another college if written approval is obtained from the transfer institution.

VA benefits are paid only for courses that are required for the completion of the student’s degree program. Student must make satisfactory academic progress in order to maintain eligibility for VA educational benefits.