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Cryan & Quijano: Governor’s Change of Heart a Promising First Step Towards Tuition Equality in NJ

(TRENTON) – Assembly Democrats Joe Cryan and Annette Quijano today expressed optimism about the governor’s newfound stance on tuition equality, and what it could mean for college-bound students who are undocumented and who until now have been denied the same opportunity given to all New Jersey residents who want to attend college in the state:

Joe Cryan (D-Union)

“I’m glad the governor has finally reached the conclusion that so many of us who advocated for tuition equality have long supported. These students are not asking for handouts; they are simply asking for the same opportunity given to all New Jersey students who want to attend college in the state. It makes no sense to make higher education less attainable to young people who want to better themselves, and I’m glad the governor has now opened the door for legislation that will ensure that students who want to attend one of our fine state institutions, will get to do so without having to pay more. Right now we have promising words from the governor. I sincerely hope he will follow up this auspicious change of heart with definitive action.”

Annette Quijano (D-Union)

“This is encouraging news for young people in New Jersey who have been unjustly punished for decisions they did not make. College is expensive. For many families, the difference between the out-of-state and in-state tuition will determine whether or not their son or daughter will have a shot at a college degree. We have sent a terrible message to our young people by making education less accessible, but I’m glad that we are on our way to right this wrong. I commend the governor on his newfound stance, and hope that he will follow through when legislation to make tuition equality law in New Jersey lands on his desk. More importantly, I salute all the students who made their voices heard and rallied in support of this cause. You’ve won the battle. Now let’s get ready to win the war.