The School of Communication and Media during the summer.

NJ State DOL Training 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. 

Fall 2019 Term Application Cycle

  • August 1-30, 2019

Winter 2020 Term Application Cycle

  • November 1-27, 2019

Spring 2020 Term Application Cycle

  • December 2, 2019 – January 3, 2020

Summer 2020 Term Application Cycle

  • April 1-30, 2020

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why was this program established?

The state established the program to assist qualified unemployed persons in gaining instruction that will provide them with identifiable job skills to gain reemployment.

Who pays for this program?

Montclair State University assumes, and is responsible for, all costs covered under the tuition waiver.

If I qualify for the tuition waiver with the Department of Labor/Workforce Development Agency, why can’t I automatically enroll in courses?

Approval via the Department of Labor/Workforce Development Agency is only one component of the overall tuition waiver application process at the University. Each NJ College or University conducts their own tuition waiver application and review process to ensure that all tuition waiver approvals are in keeping with the state regulation.

What does the tuition waiver cover financially?

The Unemployed Persons Tuition Waiver covers the cost of tuition for a course(s) and the following fees (minus any PELL/TAG grant assistance): General Service Fee, Facilities Fee and Computer/ Technology Fee. Participating students are responsible for paying (or having financial aid cover) the cost of equipment, materials, textbooks and laboratory or equipment usage fees required for a specific course or program, as well as fees which are dedicated to self-sustaining funds, such as parking charges, room and board and other optional user fees plus the mandatory $20.00 administrative fee.

Does the tuition waiver cover multiple semesters?

No. Participants must formally apply for the tuition waiver each semester if there is a course applicable to retraining. Entire degree or certificate programs are not covered by the waiver.

When can I register?

Participants will be permitted to register for courses on or after the first day of classes for the term in which they are receiving the waiver. For summer sessions, students will be permitted to enroll on the first day of the session they which to take only. Student will not be permitted to register for summer courses prior to the start of the session they wish to take.

Is there a deadline to register for course(s)?

Yes, participants will only be authorized to enroll in an approved course(s) through the final day of the Add/Drop period. Following the final day of Add/Drop, participants will be ineligible to enroll in courses for the remainder of the semester.

Can I get a permit from the Department to enroll in a closed course section?

No. The tuition waiver program is a space availability program. Therefore, participants can only register for those course sections with available seats. Participants are not eligible for permits in to closed course sections.

May I obtain a permit to enroll in a restricted course (one with prerequisite requirements)?

No. Participants are not eligible to receive a permit for restricted courses. If they apply for a course for which they have not met the prerequisite their application will be denied.

What does satisfactory academic progress mean?

Participants must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress by earning no less than a C- in any authorized course.

What constitutes good academic standing?

Participants in good academic standing maintain at least a minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.00 and a semester GPA of a 2.00 for all semesters enrolled.

Contact Information

Main Line: 973-655-4162

Mailing Address:
Montclair State University
Center for Leadership and Engagement
1 Normal Avenue
Webster Hall – Room 321
Montclair, NJ 07043