Free Tuition Announced at NH’s Community College – But What Does That Mean?

In July, the Community College System of New Hampshire announced tuition and fees relief for new and returning students who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. And the “financial impact” piece can mean a range of things; from being furloughed, to having increased food and utility costs because children are spending more time at home.

The NH Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief & Recovery, or GOFERR, made the $6M in funding available. Students can apply funding toward a part or full-time schedule, and to credit and non-credit programs. This includes workforce development programs as well as the for-credit associate degree and certificate programs. The funding is “first dollar” meaning you can apply it toward your tuition and fees ahead of any grants, scholarships, or loans you also have available for college costs.

Who is eligible?

The funds are for New Hampshire residents – anyone who has lived in New Hampshire for the past 12 months. Also, applicants need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the college they wish to attend. Even if no aid is used, the FAFSA is necessary to apply for the tuition and fees relief. And the recipient must have experienced a financial loss or increase in expenditures related to COVID-19, between March 1 and Aug. 31, 2020, for which they did not receive other COVID-19 assistance. Even if you have received some assistance, view the application details as you may still be eligible. Apply for the tuition and relief funds online at

Accessing college programs

Many community college classes and programs are operating remotely this fall, although some will be hybrid (part remote and part on campus), and some will maintain face-to-face instruction as long as it is safe to do so. Explore community college program offerings online.

Fall 2020 begins Monday, Aug. 31 with a 16-week and the first 8-week session. A second 8-week schedule runs from Oct. 26 – Dec. 19. Workforce development programs run throughout the fall.


Admissions staff serve students remotely and in-person ahead of fall 2020.

Community College enrollment specialist Mackenzie Murphy assists students remotely ahead of fall 2020 reopening.

Not sure where to begin? Community College staff can help you navigate the application process. Find the college or program you are interested in and contact the admissions staff to map out your next steps.

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