Benson & DeAngelo Bill to Help Students Facing a Medical Condition of Family Death to Maintain NJ STARS Scholarships Advances

(TRENTON) – Legislation Assemblymen Daniel R. Benson and Wayne P. DeAngelo sponsored to let NJ STARS and NJ STARS II scholarship recipients who suffer a medical condition or death of a parent or spouse to retain their program eligibility was advanced Thursday by an Assembly panel.
The bill (A-2565) allows NJ STARS and NJ STARS II scholarship recipients to maintain program eligibility in the event that medical condition or recent death of a parent or spouse prevents enrollment as full-time student
“This is the decent thing to do,” said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “College is the gateway to a brighter future, and for many students, these scholarships are a lifeline. No one should lose their eligibility because of a medical condition.”
“We should be removing all obstacles to a higher education,” said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “Taking away program eligibility because of a medical condition is patently unfair. We can do better than that for our future generations.”
The bill was released by the Assembly Higher Education Committee.