(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, and Assembly Democrats Cleopatra G. Tucker, Gordon M. Johnson, Daniel J. Benson, Wayne P. DeAngelo, Gilbert “Whip” L. Wilson to encourage veterans and members of the Armed forces to pursue higher education goals was approved Thursday by the Assembly.
“These are real-life heroes who too often come home to face financial troubles despite their great sacrifice to our nation,” said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). “A college education is the gateway to a better future, so this simple step is the right thing to do for our veterans and members of the Armed Forces.”
“Our military deserve every break we can give them for their enduring service to our country,” said Tucker (D-Essex). “An opportunity to further their education will help them to continue making invaluable contributions to our country.”
“Our veterans and military are the pride of our nation,” said Johnson (D-Bergen) “These men and women have defended our freedom with bravery and courage. So let’s do what we can to help them achieve their education goals.”
The bill (A-2019) requires public institutions of higher education to waive or reimburse the public institution’s application fee and fee for the receipt or transmission of a transcript for veterans, members of the Armed Forces of the United States, the Reserve components thereof, or members of the New Jersey National Guard who reside in this State and accept admission to the public institution of higher education.
“Our military places their lives on the line so that each of us may have the privilege to live as we choose,” said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “We now have an opportunity to show our gratitude by relieving some of the financial burden that comes with pursuing a higher education.”
“For their sacrifice and dedication, our military deserves any advantage we can provide to encourage their education endeavors,” said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “A simple yet meaningful action, this bill would extend a well-earned courtesy to our most honorable New Jersey citizens.”
“Higher education costs can add up before an individual even starts class,” said Wilson (D-Camden/Gloucester). “For military families, the costs of college are especially burdensome. This legislation can relieve some of the smaller initial college expenses and extend another ‘thank you for your service.'”
The bill will be referred to the Senate.