New Jersey: More Money Needed, Less Money Available

It’s just gotten more expensive for poor students in New Jersey to go to college. According to an article by Kelly Heyboer the Star-Ledger:

Low-income college students who rely on New Jersey’s popular Tuition Aid Grant [TAG]program to help pay their tuition bills will see their aid checks slashed by nearly 8 percent as they return to campus for the new school year, state officials said.

This is at the same time that tuition is rising. Thanks to state budget cuts tuition and fees at public colleges across New Jersey are increasing. The state’s flagship public university, Rutgers, for instance, will cost an average $673 more to attend this year.

Not that New Jersey didn’t try. The state actually increased TAG—one of the more generous state financial aid programs—funding by 18 percent. But because of the economy some 1,800 more students qualified for TAG this year, reducing the amount available for each student.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer