Non-Credit FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Professional Education and Lifelong Learning?

Professional Education and Lifelong Learning (PELL) is the non-credit division at NJCU and includes non-credit classes, programs, and a variety of other educational opportunities for children, students, and adults. These classes are the result of the in-house efforts of exceptionally dedicated instructors and visionary partnerships.

What types of non-credit classes are available through NJCU's Professional Education and Lifelong Learning?

Our non-credit offerings encompass flexible and innovative options from Microsoft Office workshops to intensive certificate programs for business leaders – there are literally hundreds of non-credit offerings!  Whatever your background or interests – from engineering to music, to business, to social work – there are courses and programs that can meet your needs or desire for learning. The range of classes and program is wide, so we encourage you to peruse the site if you are not sure of what you are looking for!

If I have a degree can I enroll in a non-credit class or program?

Yes. If you already have a degree you may enroll in a non-credit class to upgrade your skills or expand your knowledge base.

Does receiving a certificate make me a “graduate of New Jersey City University?”

No. You are considered a “graduate” of New Jersey City University when you earn an academic degree from a degree granting unit. Successfully completing one of our non-credit courses will earn you an NJCU certificate of completion for each distinct class completed.

What is the advantage of taking a non-credit course?

It depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for personal interest or development, it will allow you to obtain the knowledge you are seeking. If you want to learn a new skill for professional purpose, it will allow you to feature the specialized   knowledge gained from a reputable institution. The relevant certificate earned can be added to your resume to help advance your career.  If you are in a profession that requires continuing credits, many of these classes fulfill your CEU requirements.

What is a CEU?

CEU stands for “Continuing Education Unit.” A CEU unit equals 10 hours of participation in an accredited continuing education program designed for specific professions with licenses or certificates. The CEUs are required to keep those credentials active.  Such professionals include, but are not limited to, engineers, licensed electricians, financial advisers, accountants, and healthcare workers.

Will I earn college credit toward a degree in a non-credit course or program?

Currently one non-credit program, The New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ), a teaching program within the alternate route to teaching in NJ, offers students an opportunity to earn college credits.

Can I use financial aid to pay for my noncredit courses?

New Jersey City University does not offer financial aid and/or payment plans for noncredit courses.

Do I have to be a college graduate to enroll in continuing education classes?

Generally, no. Some courses may require a certain level of education or prior training in order to enroll. Be sure to read the prerequisites that may be listed for a course.

I am currently unemployed. Can I receive tuition assistance for continuing education courses or programs?

Generally, yes. Workforce training grants are available in most states but requirements and program eligibility vary.  Be sure to check with your county’s unemployment/one stop center for specific details. For NJ,  a full listing of training grants is available in the Labor and Workforce Development website.

Are veterans or active military entitled to any tuition assistance for continuing education?

Yes, veteran and active military can use their GI Bill benefits for continuing education programs. Benefits and processes vary by available funding (Montgomery, Post 911 GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program), so you should check the VA website to confirm funding and application information.