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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Video - NJ Assembly Democrats' Week in Review: Jan. 9-13

A recap of the week of January 9-13 for the New Jersey Assembly Democrats, including their response to the State of the State address.

Watch the video here.

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Johnson Bill to Encourage Community Colleges to Seek Partnerships with Diverse Businesses and Groups Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Gordon Johnson to encourage community colleges to work with diverse state groups and businesses on workforce basic skills training was released by the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee on Thursday.

"It is important for community colleges to forge relationships with local and statewide groups that reflect or can provide diverse experiences for their students," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "Community colleges are currently directed to work with the New Jersey Business and Industry under current law. This bill encourages community colleges to seek out other viable resources in the state that would enhance basic skills training and better prepare them for workforce challenges."

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Sumter, Jasey, Muoio & Benson HESAA Reform Bill Package Clears Assembly Committee

Asw. Shavonda Sumter Bills Would Impose New Regulations to Better Protect Families Planning for College from Taking on Unmanageable Student Loan Debt

Legislation Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter, Mila Jasey, Elizabeth Muoio and Daniel Benson sponsored to make comprehensive reforms within the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) in an effort to combat student loan debt in New Jersey was advanced Thursday by an Assembly committee.

"The only concern a college student should have after graduating is choosing which job will lead them closer to their goals," said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic).

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Greenwald, Singleton, Lampitt, Mosquera & Barclay Bill to Refinance Student Loans through County Improvement Authorities Clears Assembly Committee

Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald Legislation Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald and Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Pamela Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera and Arthur Barclay sponsored to allow county improvement authorities to refinance county residents' student loan debt and make it easier for former college students to afford to stay in New Jersey was advanced Thursday by an Assembly committee.

"Student loan debt has crippled an entire generation, making it nearly impossible to start a family, buy a home or open a business," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Creating an incentive for young people to settle down by offering debt relief will bring new energy into our local communities and improve the quality of our workforce."

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Combating Lead Contamination in Homes & Soil, College Affordability, Foreclosure Reforms & Solar Power Incentives Highlight Thursday Assembly Committees

Also on Tap: Trenton Redevelopment, Energy Efficiency, Veterans Rental Assistance, Special Needs Help, Charlie's Law & Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development Working with African American Chamber of Commerce and Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Legislation to combat lead contamination in homes and soil, college affordability bills, foreclosure reforms and solar power incentives highlight Thursday's Assembly committee hearings.

Also on tap: Trenton redevelopment, energy efficiency, veterans rental assistance, special needs help, small business job creation & directing the Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development to Working with African American Chamber of Commerce and Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey...

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Lampitt, Mosquera, Wimberly, Downey & McKnight Bill to Ensure Equality for Pregnant College Students Becomes Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera, Benjie Wimberly, Joann Downey and Angela McKnight to help ensure equal rights and opportunities for pregnant students in pursuit of higher education was signed into law on Monday.

"Women who are pregnant - many of whom also work - face unique challenges as they pursue their education that their professors and peers may not even realize limit their capacity to succeed," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "This law will make it easier for expectant parents to earn a degree so that they can better provide for their children."

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