(TRENTON) — Assembly Higher Education Committee Chairwoman Pamela Lampitt issued the following statement on the significant funding support for higher education offered in the Democratic budget alternative:
“Restoring almost $28 million in funding to critical higher education aid programs will provide needed financial support to thousands of New Jersey students who otherwise would not be able to afford a college education.
“Putting $21.3 million back into Tuition Aid Grants — a program used by almost one in every three New Jersey students — will be especially helpful for families hit hard by the ongoing economic recession. Likewise, restoring $1.127 million to the wildly popular NJ STARS II program will mean that dozens of our best and brightest community college students won’t have to end their higher education careers with only an associate degree.
“Democrats understand that an investment in higher education is an investment in New Jersey’s economic future and our budget priorities reflect that.”