Ocean County College’s “Opening Pathways to Education Now” (O.P.E.N.) program is an initiative that seeks to increase awareness of affordability of obtaining a post-secondary education. To achieve this task we have established a series of workshops throughout the year, beginning in January to assist students in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to also use the FAFSA4caster to help parents and students project what aid might be available when they are able to attend college.
(These sessions are designed to assist with the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which includes interaction with a financial aid specialist.
Due to limited seating – registration is required.
Students and parents (if student is unmarried and under 24 years of age) must bring completed copies of their prior-prior year Federal Tax Returns (including schedules) and W-2s (for instance, you will need your 2016 tax information to complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA, 2017 tax information to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA etc.). This information is required in order to answer income questions on either the FAFSA or FAFSA4caster worksheets. If this information is not available by the date of your scheduled workshop, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 732.255.0400, Ext. 2019 to receive guidance on alternative documentation that may be used to estimate information.
DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER IN-PERSON O.P.E.N WORKSHOPS AT THIS TIME.
If you would like assistance in completing your financial aid application in the meantime, you can make an appointment with one of our financial aid staff.
Request an appointment
In order to complete the FAFSA you are required to sign the application using an FSA ID number and password (students who are unmarried and under 24 years of age also require parents FSA ID number and password). You may obtain an FSA ID number and password at FSA ID.
*You are not required to have an FSA ID number and password before attending and we will assist you with obtaining one at the workshop if you do not already have one.
We encourage all potential students who are unmarried and under 24 years of age to attend with a parent or guardian however, you can attend the workshop on your own but you must have copies of your parent’s prior-prior year Federal Tax Returns (including schedules) and W-2s (for instance, you will need your 2016 tax information to complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA, 2017 tax information to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA etc.) If your parent cannot accompany you, they will need to electronically sign your FAFSA from home or we will print a paper signature page and provide instructions on how to mail this.