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Admissions & Aid

Union County College

Tuition Waivers and Chargebacks

Tuition Waivers

Certain programs, such as unemployment, national guard, etc. will provide for a waiver of your tuition charges.

Chargebacks

If you are a Union County resident and Union County College does not offer your academic program (major), you may be eligible for in county rates at a nearby county college that does. Also, if you are a resident of another county that does not offer your academic program (major), you may be eligible for in county rates at Union County College. Both programs are called “chargebacks”.

  • Tuition Waivers

    WAIVERS AND EMPLOYER OR OUTSIDE AGENCY ASSISTANCE PLANS

    New Jersey National Guard Waiver
    The National Guard Waiver covers the cost of Tuition only up to a maximum of 16 credits/hours per semester. Students are responsible for the payment of all other applicable fees.

    • Students must  provide a Commanders Certificate of Eligibility from their unit’s authorized representative.
    • Students are required to complete the appropriate application for Financial Aid. (Contact the Financial Aid Department for additional details.) Students who are eligible for aid must exhaust all such aid prior to utilizing a National Guard Waiver.
    • All required forms must be submitted at the time of registration including verification of application for Financial Aid.

    Senior Citizens Waiver
    New Jersey residents 65 years of age or older at the time of registration may enroll at Union County College without the payment of any tuition charges in regularly scheduled courses provided that classroom space is available.

    • The Senior Citizens Waiver covers tuition only. Students are responsible for payment of all other charges at the time of registration, which includes a processing fee and an annual parking fee, if a parking permit is desired.
    • Students may register on the first day of the semester. Students who register prior to the designated date CANNOT apply the Senior Citizens Waiver towards the cost of such courses.

    Unemployment Waivers
    The Unemployment Waiver covers tuition. Students are responsible for payment of all other costs at time of registration.

    • Students are required to complete the appropriate application for Financial Aid. (Contact the Financial Aid Department for additional details.) Students who are eligible for aid must exhaust all such aid prior to utilizing an Unemployment Waiver.
    • All required forms must be submitted at the time of registration including verification of application for Financial Aid.
    • Financial aid will first be applied against tuition. Remaining aid, if any, will be applied against the fees that are the responsibility of the student.
    • Students may register on a space available basis on the first day of the session/semester. Students who register prior to the designated date CAN NOT APPLY the Unemployment Waiver towards the cost of such courses.
    • Waiver program is available to Union County residents.  NJ residents who live outside of Union County may use the waiver only if their home county community college does not offer the courses they are taking.  Documentation from the home college must be provided at time of registration

    Volunteer Tuition Waiver Program (Chapter 145)
    This program covers the cost of Tuition only and is available for active members of a volunteer Fire Company or Rescue Squad and their dependent children and spouse. Individuals will receive a tuition credit, not to exceed a maximum amount over 4-year period per family.

    • The student is responsible for the payment of all other costs at time of registration.
    • The Volunteer Tuition Waiver Program requires that the student provide verification of service performed such as a completed Municipal Certification for Active Members of volunteer Fire Company, First Aid or Rescue Squad.
    • Students desiring to utilize the Chapter 145 Waiver shall complete the appropriate application for Financial Aid and, if eligible, such aid must be exhausted before applying the Chapter 145 waiver.
    • Students will be allowed to register for classes on a space available basis on the first day of the session/semester.
    • Students who register for courses prior to the designated date CAN NOT APPLY the Chapter 145 waiver towards the cost of such courses.

    EMPLOYER OR OUTSIDE AGENCY ASSISTANCE PLANS Prior to registration, students should have the specifics of their plan reviewed by the Office of Student Accounts to insure that it meets College guidelines.

    • Students are required to complete and sign a Statement of Responsibility for Financial Obligations at the Office of Student Accounts at time of registration.
    • All balances should be paid in full prior to registering for subsequent semesters.
    • Should the employer or other outside agency, organization or scholarship fail to pay in a timely fashion, the student will be responsible for the cost of attending Union County College.
    Military Personnel
    Union County College participates in a number of programs which provide benefits to veterans, active duty soldiers and reservists.  Contact the College Admissions Office for additional information.  (Also see New Jersey National Guard Waivers above)

    Trade Act Program
    Attendance at Union County College under the Trade Act Program requires that the student present at time of registration a Letter of Introduction and Enrollment Agreement from the State of New Jersey Department of Labor. In addition, a completed contract (NAFTA-7 (R-9-96)) must be on file in the Union County College Grants Department. Students participating in this program may register at any time. The program may cover tuition and selected fees.

    Workforce NJ Development Program
    Students utilizing this program should plan on registering well in advance of the start of the semester to insure that their contract is in place. Students must have the appropriate forms and a fully executed contract at time of registration. The program may cover Tuition and selected fees.  Note that the cost to complete the program of study may not be fully covered and students should be aware of program limitations.

  • Chargebacks

    Under provisions of the “Chargeback Assistance Law” (Chapter 179, Public Laws of New Jersey, 1968; N.J.S.A. 18A:64A-23), a person who is a legal resident of a county in New Jersey and attends a County College in another New Jersey County may be eligible to pay In County tuition if:

    A) a county college is not operating in the student’s county of residence.
    B) a county college is operating in the student’s county of residence, but the person is not accepted for admission for one of the following reasons:

    • The course/curriculum (program) is not offered; or
    • Enrollment in the course/curriculum (program) was filled; or
    • The applicant did not meet the general admissions requirements of the college (disciplinary or academic suspension or academic probation excepted); or
    • The applicant did not meet the admissions requirements of the specific course/curriculum (program).

    Union County Residents Attending an Out of County College
    If you live in Union County and wish to take courses at another New Jersey County College, you may have Union County pay a portion of your tuition if you obtain a Union County Chargeback Application from the College’s Office of Admissions, Records and Registration.

    If you believe that you qualify under the above provision, you may obtain procedural information by writing or visiting the Admissions Office and asking for Chargeback Application forms. You may also access this form from the Admissions/Records Forms page.

    Residents of Other Counties attending UCC
    If you live in New Jersey but outside of Union County, you may pay the UCC in-county tuition rate if you qualify for chargeback. You must provide the Union County College Office of Student Accounts with a properly signed Certification of Inability to Admit from your home county college and Certification of Residency forms.

    The Certification of Inability to Admit must be completed by the Registrar or Admissions Officer of your home county college. The Certification of Residency form must be completed by the county fiscal officer (treasurer) of your home county.  Depending on your county of residency, these forms are normally good for either a single semester or a one-year period.

    You may pay in-county tuition if you submit these forms at the time of registration. If you paid out-of-county tuition and subsequently file properly executed chargeback forms (within 30 days from the start of the semester), you will receive a credit that will reduce your tuition charge to the in-county rate. If you are eligible, a refund will be made to you when your home county has made payment to the College.

    In the event that you are a qualified resident of a county that does not have a county college, the Certification of Inability to Admit is not required.