Unemployed Persons

Bergen County residents who have been in the labor market (full-time employment or active pursuit of full-time employment, or a combination of the two) for at least two years and who are unemployed, or in receipt of a layoff notice, are entitled to enroll in credit courses on a tuition-free basis. Enrollment is on a space available basis and registration must occur on the designated days only.

Tuition-free enrollment is permitted only to the extent that federal or state financial aid does not cover tuition cost; therefore, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by June 1 for the fall semester waiver; October 1 for the spring semester waiver; and April 1 for the summer sessions waiver. The student must pay applicable fees. All registrations under this program are on a space available basis at time of registration.

To be eligible for the tuition waiver, students must submit to Bergen Community College, the New Jersey Department of Labor’s Unemployed Person Training Form (Tuition Waiver Program). Students must submit this statement each semester or session, and it must be dated within 30 days of the tuition waiver registration date for that semester or session.

For additional information, please visit www.bergen.edu> Student Services > Financial Aid > Unemployment Tuition Waiver.