Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 27, 2018

Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman Bette Jane Kowalski and Freeholder Bruce H. Bergen today joined Union County College President Dr. Margaret McMenamin in welcoming New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey’s Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Zakiya Smith Ellis to the college’s Cranford campus where he announced new details about tuition-free community colleges.

Governor Murphy announced that approximately 13,000 qualifying students will be able to attend one of 13 pilot community colleges, including Union County College, free of tuition and educational fees in the spring semester that starts in January 2019.

All 19 of New Jersey’s community colleges applied to participate in the Community College Innovation Challenge.  Each one of New Jersey’s community colleges will receive a $250,000 grant for student outreach, recruitment, and support, and to build capacity for future expansion of the program.

(Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

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