Passaic County Community College, located in Paterson, New Jersey, was founded in 1971 through the original Paterson campus. Since its founding the school has seen the addition of facilities and an expansion of existing campuses along with the addition of new campuses, expanding the role of the school, its service area, and reaffirming its mission to provide high quality education to residents of the community. The school enrolls a large number of students across its various locations, providing opportunity and education and ensuring that the needs and expectations of students are not only met, but exceeded through constant review of program offerings, services and facilities as well as a dedication to the development of culture, the arts and business. PCCC is a comprehensive two year community college with the motto “Nothing so near can take you so far.”
Passaic County Community College offers a large number of courses that result in degree or certificate. Such programs take between one and two years to complete and allow students to choose a program that best reflects their goals. Career and technical programs allow students to develop the skills and abilities necessary for employment as qualified professionals. Students will take a combination of theoretical and practical courses, allowing students to apply learned methods and techniques to real world settings. Students will earn a certificate or degree and will be qualified for entry into the work for upon completion.
Academic transfer programs allow students to complete the freshman and sophomore years off a four year education. Once completed the student will apply to a four year college or university to transfer credits and complete their bachelor's degree. Schools will have varying admissions requirements for transfer admission and it is recommended the student meet with a counselor to develop a curriculum that meets the criterion of the student's desired school or schools.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Passaic County Community College is a public, two year, open enrollment institution, and as such allows any individual that meets the school's minimum requirements to enroll upon submission of an application and payment of tuition. Students should also supply related material, such as transcripts and standardized test scores, and may also be required to take a placement exam prior to registration. Students are encouraged to participate in orientation prior to their first semester to become acquainted with campus life and to meet with an academic adviser to discuss program enrollment and choose an appropriate curriculum.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which will be used by PCCC to determine a student's financial needs and aid program eligibility. Aid must be maintained through a continued stable academic performance and must be reapplied for prior to the start of each academic year.. Due to new federal regulations, aid recipients may be asked at random to provide additional financial information which will be cross checked with the FAFSA to ensure accuracy. Scholarships are also available externally. Each scholarship will have a different criterion for awarding funds, for example academic performance, cultural benefit, or need.
The Passaic County Community College participates in intercollegiate athletics through the Nation Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIX. Intercollegiate Athletics provide students with a forum for healthy competition and allows for the development of valuable skills, such as teamwork, leadership and discipline, that may be applied to one's personal, professional and academic life. Students participating in intercollegiate sports must maintain a healthy GPA or risk being removed from the program or team. Interested students may obtain the necessary forms and tryout dates from the school's athletics department.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,600. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $3,300-$4,000
- Out-of-State: $6,700-$8,028
- Charges per unit:
- In-State: $110-$130 per unit
- Out-of-State: $220-$270 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||81%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||80%||$5,421|
|Receiving Student Loans||4%||$3,452|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help support students, Passaic County Community College may provide student services including:
- Online course work available
- Remedial courses
- Counseling assistance
- Work study style employment
- Assisting students to find work
- Child care
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares this school against community colleges in New Jersey.
|PCCC||Passaic County||New Jersey|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1978)
- Find all the other nursing programs in New Jersey
- Radiology Technician Program
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1975)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Passaic County Community College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Public Administration and Social Services
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Passaic County Community College.
- Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, NJ (14 miles away)
- Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ (30 miles away)
- Sussex County Community College in Newton, NJ (32 miles away)
- Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT (54 miles away)
- Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ (63 miles away)