Assembly Higher Education

The Assembly Higher Education committee handles issues that relate directly to colleges and universities. The committee assists in directing policy relating to tuition aid and scholarship programs, such as the popular NJ STARS, and ensuring the success of inter-institutional agreements entered into by schools.
Democratic Research Aide:  Keith White   
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Assembly Budget Committee to Review Higher Educational Services with College Presidents & Christie Administration Officials

The Assembly Budget Committee on Wednesday will review proposed spending plans for higher educational services with the Secretary of Higher Education, the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority and several college presidents...

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Jasey Troubled by Audit Revealing Lack of Transparency in Mandatory Fee Increases, Usage at Three NJ Colleges & Universities

Audit by Office of the State Comptroller Focused on The College of New Jersey, William Paterson University and Kean University; found lack of transparency surrounding fees to be an issue
Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris) issued the following statement Friday in response to a state audit report that faulted three New Jersey colleges and universities for failing to clarify how mandatory student fees are being spent, and in some cases, charging fees almost as high as tuition rates absent justification:

"College students in New Jersey are paying some of the highest tuition rates in the country.

"Given the amount of money that students and families are investing in higher education in the state, it is only right that they are made aware of how their hard-earned money is being spent.

"The audit made clear that this is not happening…"

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Gusciora: Christie’s Proposed EOF Spending Cut for College Students is Shortsighted, Lacks Compassion

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora on Thursday decried Gov. Christie's proposed $2.57 million spending cut for the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) in the FY 2017 budget.

"This is complete shortsightedness on the part of the Governor. At a time when a great deal of effort is focused on the rising costs of a college education, we should not be making it even harder for New Jersey students to afford college.

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