(JERSEY CITY) – Assemblyman Charles Mainor (D-Hudson) today applauded the agreement made this week between Hudson County Community College (HCCC) and St. Peter’s College that will allow Hudson County Community College students to attend St. Peter’s at the cost of a state university.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for students who want to pursue their bachelor’s degree at St. Peter’s College, but may not be able to because they can’t afford the tuition,” said Mainor, who sits on the Assembly Higher Education Committee. “I commend Hudson County Community College and St. Peter’s College for putting the best interest of their students first, and signing off on an agreement that will make it possible for graduates from HCCC to further their education at St. Peter’s for less than half the cost of tuition. Their decision is indeed ‘historic’. With college tuition costs steadily rising and many families struggling to put their children through school, they are the model to follow.”
According to a report by the Jersey Journal, under an agreement signed this week, HCCC students who attain an associate’s degree can go on to St. Peter’s College and pay tuition and fees equivalent to a state university. Students graduating this year would save roughly $17,000 in tuition and fees each year by enrolling at the Jesuit college. Yearly tuition and fees at state colleges are just under $13,000, compared to just over $30,000 at St. Peter’s, according to the Jersey Journal report.