CRANFORD – Union County College is waiving tuition for Union County residents who are impacted/furloughed Federal employees and/or their dependents. At the announcement on January 25, 2019, Union’s President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin was joined by the College’s Board of Trustees Chairman Victor M. Richel and Union County Freeholder Sergio Granados, on behalf of Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski, at the College’s Elizabeth campus.
“By providing tuition waivers, we hope to help ease the financial stress on our students during this difficult time. We want them to be able to put food on the table, pay their rent or mortgage, and stay in school,” stated Board of Trustees Chairman Richel. “Student success is our priority.”
“Union County College’s decision to offer tuition waivers is another way in which we can help support Union County residents during this difficult time. We are thankful to the College for taking this proactive step,” stated Union County Freeholder Chair Kowalski.
There are an estimated 460 federal employees who live in Union County. The government shutdown is currently the longest in the nation’s history. Tuition waivers aim to ease the financial burden on furloughed federal employees by allowing students to continue their education. Individuals who are eligible should visit a Student Services Center in Cranford, Elizabeth, or Plainfield to register for the College’s Later Start semester which begins on February 4, 2019.
Union County College is a public comprehensive community college providing quality, affordable, accessible educational programs that serve the greater Union County region. The first of New Jersey’s 19 Associate degree colleges, Union County College has been serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College enrolls almost 20,000 credit, non-credit and continuing education students and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many programs lead to the Associate in Arts, Science and Applied Science degrees.
(l to r) With Union students are Union County Freeholder Sergio Granados, Dean of Elizabeth Dr. Lester Sandres Rapalo (third from left), Union County College Board of Trustees Chairman Victor M. Richel (fourth from right), and Union President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin (right).