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Paying for College

Whether you’re interested in applying for financial aid , using OCC’s payment plan, or still exploring your options, we have the resources to help you make important financial decisions about paying for college. Review the options below and create your personal plan.

OCC encourages all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial aid eligibility.

Find out more about paying for college below, or contact the HUB at or 732-255-0482.

Ways to Pay

Students making a one time, payment in full, may choose from the following options:

  • Payments may be made online:
    • Sign in to Ocean Connect
    • Click on Student Finance and select Make a Payment
    • Click the Payment link at the top
    • Select Enroll Today
    • Select Proceed to Processor
  • Check or money order payments may be mailed to:

Ocean County College
College Drive, PO Box 2001
Toms River, NJ 08754-2001
*Please be sure to include your student ID number or social security number on all check and money order payments.
**A charge of $25.00 will be assessed for all checks returned for non-sufficient funds.

If a student is enrolled in less than 3 credits, payment is required in full at the time of registration.

Students enrolled in 3 or more credits a term can enroll in a Tuition Payment Plan that divides the tuition and fee payments into equal installments, after pending financial aid and scholarships are considered and the initial deposit. All students (3 credits or more) will have a $30.00 enrollment fee plus the calculated deposit. Enrollment fees are non-refundable. However, the earlier a student registers and enrolls in the payment plan, the higher the number of payment due dates will be available.

Enroll in an affordable Payment Plan today!

Payment Methods:

  • Automatic bank payment (ACH)
  • Credit card/debit card (additional fee)

Nelnet Customer Service

Need additional assistance you can call 1-800-609-8056.  Customer service is available M-F 8:00am-10:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm.

Learn more about payment plan deadlines on the After You Register page.

To qualify for any of these programs, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

In order to be considered for the following State Aid programs, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and  report additional information to the State of New Jersey.

The OCC College Foundation, as well as local and national organizations and foundations, offers students scholarships based on various criteria and eligibility. The OCC Foundation Scholarship is awarded per semester to multiple recipients. Visit the Foundation Scholarship page to apply for the Foundation Scholarship and others.

Additional Scholarship Resources:

Please note: The Foundation Scholarship requires students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Federal Work Study program (FWS) is a federally funded financial aid program. The program places financially eligible students on campus in part-time employment so that students can earn funds while attending college. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for the FWS today. Learn more about the Work Study Program at OCC on their website.

EOF students will receive both academic and financial support from various programs that are designed to assist in ensuring student success. Learn more about the program and apply on the EOF website.

Veterans’ Education Benefits provide college funding to active, veteran, and military affiliated students. In order qualify for these benefits,  you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet other eligibility requirements. Students wishing to take advantage of V.A benefits & programs at OCC must meet with the Veterans Coordinator to apply, register for classes and certify enrollment with the V.A. Visit the Veterans’ Services page to learn more.

The Community College Opportunity Grant pays up to the full cost of tuition for up to 18 credit hours and approved educational fees. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and report additional information to the State of New Jersey to be considered for this grant. For more information and a full list of eligibility requirements, visit the Community College Opportunity Grant page.

International Students

Two new features have been added to the international online payment process at Ocean County College that will help many students make payments toward their tuition and fees. These changes will improve the process and allow students to choose the method that works best for them.

  • For bank transfers, students may now use Western Union (instead of direct bank wire transfers).
  • To pay by international credit or debit card or bank transfers, use Pay My Tuition.

To make payments:

Visit, click on Ocean Connect, and Student Finance and then select Making a Payment.

You will be redirected to the Nelnet website, where you can select either of these new options as your payment type. International payments are processed by Western Union GlobalPay and Pay My Tuition for Students in association with Nelnet

Students have 72 hours to complete their transaction to secure the conversion rate given at the time. The payment information will be in their local currency, and they will get price and payment options upfront with a price comparison tool. Both vendors can provide tracking information for students to see the payment process from start to finish.

Students who select to pay via Western Union or Pay My Tuition will receive a letter of authorization and will need to follow up with their bank — within 72 hours — to initiate the wire transfer.

Nelnet FAQ

Yes! You can make payments on a prior term by going to or through Student Finance in Ocean Connect.

While your payment will be automatically deducted on the day it is due, you can make a partial payment earlier through or Student Finance in Ocean Connect.

Yes! To avoid a payment plan fee, you can pay your balance in full!

For help with navigating Nelnet, please contact the HUB, Express Enrollment Services at 732-255-0482 or

There is a fee of 2.75% for using a credit card.

Yes! Select “Payment Options” under Student Finance or can call Nelnet for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Still need more information about payments? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Campus Safety Officer Recruitment

We Want You!

The Department of Campus Safety and Security is looking for motivated individuals to join our team.  You should be responsible, punctual, dependable, ethical, a team player and have good communications skills.

For more information, contact the Department of Campus Safety and Security at 732-255-0451.

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