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ADULT LEARNERS

Ocean County College welcomes students of all ages and backgrounds!

Whether you’ve never been to college or are returning after a few years off, or you’re the first in your family to take this route, or you’re looking to make the most of your military benefits, we have a wide array of resources to help you achieve your goals.

All of OCC’s programs are designed to fit everyone’s needs! They’re flexible with evening, weekend, and online class options, affordable, and easily transferable  with the state wide transfer agreement.

No matter your circumstances, OCC can help you succeed. We offer a great support system with our advising, transfer and career services as well as a state of the art tutoring center that offers free peer to peer or faculty one on one or group sessions.

We look forward to helping you get started on your path!

Spring campus view with clock tower in background

Advantages of Attending OCC

Ways to Save

Ocean County College strives to be an affordable college option for all students. Learn about OCC’s Tuition and Fees and discover ways you can save!

Compare Average Yearly Costs

Public two year colleges can significantly reduce the overall price of a college education.  Find out how starting at OCC can save you throughout your college experience.

Type of CollegeAverage Yearly Tuition and Fees (Full Time)
Public Two Year College (in district)$3,440
Public Four Year College (in state)$9,410
Public Four Year College (out of state)$23,890
Private$32,410

OCC believes college should fit into your life and offers a variety of ways to take the classes you need at the times and places that work for you. Discover how you can create your unique class schedule.

Succeed beyond OCC, transfer to a four year college after obtaining your Associate’s degree! OCC has partnerships and transfer agreements with several four year colleges in the area to help you transition smoothly into the next step of your educational journey.

Transfer Links:

OCC offers students a variety of services to help them achieve their academic goals. Whether you need childcare or help in the classroom, we’re here to support you through every step of your journey. Visit the links below to find out more about the services OCC offers.

Child Care Center

Career Services

Displaced Homemakers

Student Support

Veterans,  Active Duty Military, and Family Member Resources

Explore where your degree can take you!

CAREERS IN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

Curious about what program to enter or what fields are hiring for your degree? Check Career Coach.

Career Coach is a free service to OCC students. Browse careers and programs, take the career assessment, and use the resume builder!

career coach

Frequently Asked Questions

You do not need a high school diploma or GED to attend Ocean County College, outside of the Nursing program! You do need a high school diploma or GED if you plan applying for financial aid.

You can take the Accuplacer with Ocean County College for free as an Ocean County College student! The Accuplacer is an exam that places you into the appropriate English and/or Math class based on your score. For more information on the Accuplacer, visit the Testing Center website.

MOST credits transfer but make sure you send official transcripts to registration to be evaluated. Send your official transcripts to OCC’s registration office for a credit evaluation. The registration office will let you know if any of your credits will count toward your degree at OCC. The registration office can be reached at registrar@ocean.edu or (732)-255-0400 ext.7301.

Yes, you can!  OCC prides itself on the flexibility of class schedules. We offer our students classes Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., on-campus, online, and hybrid. We also have 13 completely online degrees! Be sure to check with your employer to see if they offer tuition or loan reimbursement for you or your dependents.

OCC’s tutoring center provides FREE math, general studies, and writing services. Visit the Tutoring page for more information.

There’s no requirement to be full time, however in order to graduate in the typical 2 years, students should take at least 30 credits per year within a 60 credit degree. In order to be eligible for financial aid, students must take at least 6 credits per term. Full time status 12 credits and above.

Additionally, if you feel like you need to take a semester or longer off , OCC is here for you when you get back! We offer different entry terms for you to re-enter once you are ready and a team of support services available to help with your transition!

You may be able to receive college credit for life or work experiences those who have military or police training can submit their certifications, credits, and transcripts etc. to the registrar office for an evaluation.

If you are currently working, check with your employer to see if they offer a reimbursement program for you or your dependents tuition or loans! OCC can help you set up a payment plan.

For online class tutorials,  visit the Canvas Orientation page . If you need any further assistance contact the Canvas Support Hotline available to you 24/7 at 1-877-940-0472.

You may be able to receive financial aid for online classes. Apply for Financial Aid online to see what you are eligible for at Ocean County College!

OCC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education with a specialized accreditation from the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Accreditation is a voluntary, independent review of educational programs to determine that the education provided is of uniform and sound quality. Being awarded accreditation ensures that an institution has been evaluated and that it met set standards of quality determined by the accrediting organization granting the accreditation. A college or university’s accreditation is maintained by continued adherence to the set criteria. The most recognized type of accreditation in the United States is regional accreditation, in which a school is accredited by one of six geographically dispersed agencies approved by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Contact Us!

For additional information or to schedule a personal tour of our campus, please call us at 732.255.0400, ext. 2960, or email occadmissions@ocean.edu.

Meet the Admissions Staff

Office Hours

Administration Building #1
First Floor

Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday: 8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

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