TOMS RIVER, NJ – Ocean County College will not increase tuition for the 2022-23 academic year.
The decision to freeze tuition for the second year in a row was approved by the college’s board of trustees on February 24 and announced by the community college on Monday.
“We are excited to confirm that there will be no tuition increases in fall 2022, which will expand accessibility and affordability for students,” said Jon H. Larson, president. from Ocean County College.
Tuition will remain at $175 per credit, officials said.
Officials said the continued freeze “is part of the OCC’s ongoing commitment to making college affordable and helping students achieve their educational goals without being burdened with mountains of student debt.”
The college has bundled the cost of books and electronic course materials with tuition in 2020 to reduce out-of-pocket fees for students, officials said. This structure means that the cost of the books will not increase either
The move and may allow them to receive more financial aid. Because of this structure, the tuition freeze 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 Jerry J. Dasti, chairman of the board. “We do things that really open the door for students to come to college.”
Ocean County College officials say there are other programs to help students with tuition, including federal aid, state programs such as the Community College Opportunity Grant and NJ STARS. , OCC Foundation scholarships and programs that provide assistance to veterans. Information is available on the OCC website.