The Murphy administration launched its tuition-free community college program Tuesday, which is aimed at reducing college costs for New Jersey's low-income students.
Formally called the Community College Innovation Challenge, the administration will invite the state’s 19 county colleges to apply for the pilot program so Community College Opportunity Grants can be handed down to students to cover the costs of tuition and mandatory fees.
Eligible students would have to be making an adjusted gross income of $45,000 or less, and taking at least six credits in the spring 2019 semester.
For the 2019 fiscal year, the Legislature allocated $25 million toward a smaller-scale pilot program, which includes $20 million to CCOG grants and $5 million to planning grants for institutions.
The secretary of higher education and the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority will oversee the program and select the eligible county colleges.
Applying colleges would be selected based on their plans for outreach and support for students, cost projections and geographic diversity.