The New Jersey Tuition Equity Act (NJ DREAM Act) allows undocumented college students to pay in-state tuition rates. To request exemption from Nonresident Tuition and Fees, charged to non-New Jersey residents, students must complete, sign and submit the Application for In-State Tuition form via mail or bring the completed form with your high school transcript to:
Registration and Records
Ocean County College
College Drive, PO Box 2001
Toms River, NJ 08754-2001
The application for in-state tuition must be filed with the Registration and Records office before the start of the registered semester in order to be applied.
Additional Eligibility Criteria Includes:
- Attended high school in New Jersey for three or more years; and
- Graduated from a high school located in New Jersey or received a high school equivalency diploma in this State; and
- Students without lawful immigration status must also submit an affidavit stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his immigration status or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible.
If you are determined to be eligible, you will continue to receive the exemption as long as you fulfill the requirements or the College no longer offers this exemption, whichever occurs first.
Applying for the exemption does not in any way alter your responsibility to pay on time any nonresident tuition and fees that may be due before your eligibility is determined.
EOF stands for the Educational Opportunity Fund. It is a state-funded program offering academic, financial and counseling support services to students who meet the selective criteria set forth by New Jersey Higher Education. EOF supports a wide array of campus based outreach and support services at 28 public colleges and universities. Ocean County College is one of 19 participating New Jersey community colleges.
EOF is not an entitlement program and there are requirements that must be met if you are to be accepted. The interview helps us to determine whether you meet state income requirements and also assists us in determining your motivation and potential to succeed in college. We can only do that through a face-to-face meeting.
If you are accepted into the program, you will receive a small financial grant that is part of your financial aid award package. If this award is sufficient to pay the cost of tuition and fees, you may have remaining funds available for the purchase of books. The Financial Aid Office will determine whether or not you will be able to charge the cost of books against your financial aid award.
No. The award is a grant and not a loan and therefore no repayment is required.
No, this is a program for students with a history of low income and no previous college experience. You do not have to be a parent or a member of a minority group. We make awards strictly based upon state economic and poverty guidelines, and potential to benefit.
Yes. The EOF grant is a form of financial aid. Your eligibility for this grant and other aid is preliminarily determined based upon the income information you provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Many students who receive an EOF grant also receive the Federal Pell Grant and state Tuition Aid Grant (TAG).
You do not need to complete another application, but you must file your FAFSA annually to continue to receive EOF and other financial aid.
You must meet with your assigned counselor at least once a month, go to two workshops or seminars each semester and maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average. You must be a full-time student and attend tutoring sessions if so advised.