At Wednesday's hearing of the New Jersey College Affordability Study Commission, a representative from the state Council of County Colleges and several county college presidents put forth ideas including exploring eligibility expansion for NJ STARS, the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship.
The New Jersey College Affordability Commission is not expected to report its recommendations to Gov. Chris Christie and the Legislature until September of 2016, but the panel took testimony Wednesday at the Statehouse and received a variety of ideas to consider in an effort to lower the cost of a college education in New Jersey.
A new panel would be given one year to find ways to make a college education less expensive in New Jersey and to present recommendations to the legislature, under a measure sent Thursday to Gov. Chris Christie that would establish the "College Affordability Study Commission."
New National data revealed that New Jersey's "brain drain" is the country's worst. The Garden State had a net loss of almost 30,000 students in 2012. A lawmaker who is spearheading a package of 20 college affordability and accessibility bills said the legislature is working on addressing the issue.
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