Don’t Get Sidelined by COVID-19 — Find Your Best Fit at a Community College

By Frederick Keating, Ed.D.
President, Rowan College of South Jersey
Columnist for New Jersey Free Press

Published November, 2020 – New Jersey Free Press

Education is something that no one can take away from you. It’s knowledge that you have for the rest of your life. What better time than now to pursue a professional credential to improve job performance, satisfy the dream of a new vocation, or earn a degree to advance higher education plans. Community colleges have something to offer all learners, no matter your objective, no matter your age, no matter your current financial situation.

At Rowan College of South Jersey (RCSJ), we realize that one size does not fit all. With a mixed offering of more than 100 credit and noncredit programs, degrees and certificates, RCSJ provides a variety of educational choices to help you find your best fit. Do not sit on the sideline wasting precious time, instead keep moving forward. Be that person who is ahead of the curve. Education has always been a great return on investment —as your knowledge and skills expand, your career options and salary will too.

Community college presidents, like myself, have found it necessary to offer the majority of classes online because of Covid-19 and concerns for safety. We have made course options flexible and extended our free online resources, such as advising, registration, tutoring and financial aid support. It is understandable, especially during these times, that finances can cause considerable apprehension and anxiety. Please be aware that financial resources are available to lessen the burden of attending college.

To help make education more affordable, RCSJ did not increase tuition and fees this academic year — remaining one of the lowest tuition rates in the state. Last year, more than 67% of RCSJ students received some form of financial aid through FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and HESSA (Higher Education Student Assistance Authority). New Jersey’s Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) provides free tuition to students of any age with household gross incomes under $65,000. Also available are RCSJ’s many Foundation scholarships and the Unemployment Tuition Waiver.

Don’t let COVID-19 sideline you this spring. Find your fit at a community college — keep moving forward and seize your opportunity to learn something new.

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