For the second year in a row, Ocean County College has announced it will not increase student tuition, maintaining the current tuition rate at $175 per credit for the 2023 academic year. The OCC Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the tuition freeze at its monthly meeting on February 24.
“We are delighted to confirm that there will be no tuition increase in Fall 2022, expanding accessibility and affordability for students,” said Dr. Jon H. Larson, president of Ocean County College.
The continued freeze on the tuition rate is part of OCC’s ongoing commitment to making college affordable and assisting students in reaching their educational goals without being burdened with mountains of student debt. In 2020, OCC bundled the cost of books and electronic course materials with tuition, an approach that lowers out-of-pocket costs for students and may enable them to receive more financial aid. As a result of that structure, the zero-increase in tuition also means that the cost of books will not increase for the 2022-23 school year.
“We are very proud to be able to do this,” said OCC’s Board Chair, Jerry J. Dasti. “We are doing things that really open the door for students to come to college.” In addition to keeping tuition low, OCC provides many options to help students pay for school, including federal aid, state programs such as the Community College Opportunity Grant and NJ STARS, OCC Foundation scholarships, and programs that offer student aid for veterans. Through these opportunities and many more, OCC endeavors to make a college education affordable for all.
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