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Tuition Waivers

What is a tuition waiver?

Tuition waivers enable eligible unemployed customers to enroll, tuition free, in courses of instruction at public colleges and universities in New Jersey. These courses can only be attended if there are seats available; books, labs and other appropriate fees are the responsibility of the student.

How do I qualify for a tuition waiver?

  • You must be registered with a One-Stop Career Center, and complete an Employability Development Plan (EDP).
  • You must be unemployed and permanently separated from your employer, or have received a layoff notice.
  • You must be able to prove that you are currently not a student, have a two year, full-time work history, and are seeking full-time employment.
  • You must choose a program of study in a demand occupation within a 50 mile radius of your home.
  • You must be able to prove that you are not employable with your current level of skills and credentials. If you have skills and credentials in a demand occupation, you may not be deemed eligible.
  • You must plan to attend a public college or university in New Jersey. 
  • You must not have already paid tuition and must not be in default on your financial aid.
  • You must be accepted to the public college or university you plan to attend.
  • You must apply for financial aid online or mail a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available online, at public libraries, and at college or university financial aid office.

How do I apply for a tuition waiver?

Please visit your local One-Stop Career Center for additional information and to determine your eligibility for a tuition waiver.