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NJ State Department of Labor (DOL) Waiver Program

About the NJ State DOL Training Program

The purpose of this program is to enable unemployed persons to enroll in Montclair State University course/s of instruction that will provide them with identifiable job skills to assist them in gaining reemployment pursuant to NJSA 18A:64-13.2 and NJAC 12:23-1, et. seq.

  • Summer 2024 Term Application Cycle
    Opens: First Monday of April
    Closes: First Monday of May
  • Fall 2024 Term Application Cycle
    Opens: last Monday of July
    Closes: last Monday of August
  • Winter 2025 Term Application Cycle
    Opens: last Monday of October
    Closes: last Monday of December
  • Spring 2025 Term Application Cycle
    Opens: First Monday of December
    Closes: First Monday of January

How to Apply

Step 1
Verify Eligibility

Verify eligibility with the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJ DOL) directly. Only those students who are authorized by the NJ DOL, and their workforce development counselor, will be eligible to apply for consideration to take applicable courses with our University. Eligibility does not guarantee admission to the University or application of waiver.

Step 2

Apply to the University, if eligible, through the appropriate Admissions department.

Step 3
Complete Questionnaire

Email to to obtain and complete a mandatory questionnaire. Please Note: This questionnaire is only sent to students once they have been accepted to the University.

Step 4
Complete the FAFSA

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have not already submitted a FAFSA form for the current academic year, please visit the FAFSA website to begin the process.

If you have further questions regarding the NJ DOL State Training Program, please be certain to email

Program Eligibility Requirements

This program is for students applying as non-degree, non-matriculated status only. Approval is not to complete a degree-granting or certificate-granting program.

Students interested in applying for the NJ DOL Training Program – those seeking a Tuition Waiver through Montclair State University – must meet the following requirements:

  • Be currently unemployed or in receipt of a layoff notice.
  • Wish to take a course(s) which is part of a job training program or Employability Development Plan approved by a One Stop Career Center within the NJ Department of Labor, to assist you in gaining re-employment in the field in which you were previously working.
  • Have reviewed the Policy – Tuition Waivers for Unemployed Persons: Job Training Program.
  • Are not registered for, not enrolled in or paid for the course which they are seeking a tuition waiver. (Registration in a course prior to application for a tuition waiver will result in denial of the waiver).
  • Once enrolled in a course(s), remain in good academic standing as per university academic policies.
  • Accept responsibility to pay for the mandatory $20.00 registration fee and all applicable student fees.

Contact Information

Phone: 973-655-5425