First Time New College Student

If you have any questions throughout the application process, please email studentservices@ucc.edu or visit a Student Services Center in Cranford, Elizabeth, or Plainfield! No appointments – just walk in during open hours 

Have official documents (immunization records, transcripts, or scores)? Please mail them to:

Union County College
Office of Admissions
1033 Springfield Ave.
Cranford, NJ 07016

 

STEP 1: APPLY FOR ADMISSION

Fill out the FREE application here.

Within the hour, you will receive an email (to the email address you provided on your application) with your user name, login, and student ID number. You should apply for financial aid (Step #2 below) even if your application has not yet been processed!

 

STEP 2: APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

Complete your FAFSA-Free Application for Federal Student Aid here.  Union County College’s school code is 002643.

Part of your financial aid application is your eligibility for New Jersey grants. Fill out your HESAA application here. Alternatively, if you are an undocumented student, please fill out the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application here.

Upon completion of your financial aid application, you should log into Self-Service to review the status of your award. Either your award or missing documents will be indicated within 7-10 business days. If you are missing documents, visit a Student Services Center.

For questions about financial aid, contact financialaid@ucc.edu.

 

STEP 3: TAKE THE PLACEMENT TEST

You must take the placement test unless you are exempt. Placement tests are walk-in (no appointments) and FREE. Visit HERE for placement testing locations and hours.

EXEMPTIONS TO THE PLACEMENT TEST: As a first time college student, you may be exempt from testing based on:

      • SAT scores: Student has an SAT score of at least 540 in Critical Reading and/or 530 in Math.
      • High school GPA: Student has a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher from within the last 5 years and completed 4 years of high school English courses and 3 years of high school math courses from a U.S. high school.
      • For the full list of exemptions, visit here

 

STEP 4: SIGN UP FOR & ATTEND NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION (NSO)

If you are a first time college student who will be taking 12 or more credits, you must attend NSO. Click HERE to learn more and sign up.

 

STEP 5: REGISTER FOR CLASSES

If you attend NSO, you will register for classes at that time.

Register for your classes in Student Planning:

      • After logging in, click on “Go to Plan & Schedule” and search for your courses
      • If you have questions about how to navigate Student Planning, please click here for further instructions

To change your schedule:

      • You can add or remove classes until 11:59pm on the day before classes start
      • You will not be charged for classes dropped prior to the start of the semester
      • Classes dropped after the start of the semester are subject to the College’s refund policy

 

STEP 6: PAY FOR CLASSES

Access Self-Service

Click on ‘Student Finance.’ There, you can:

      • See your outstanding balance
      • See how much financial aid has been approved
      • Make payment by credit card or check
      • Set up a payment plan

If you are not able to pay online, please report to a Student Services Center on any campus to make your payment.