(TRENTON) — Assemblywoman Celeste M. Riley had the following published recently in The Daily Journal:
“In 1996, the year a traditional freshman starting college this fall was born, a resident full-time undergraduate student at one of New Jersey’s public institutions of higher learning paid an average of $4,600 (adjusted for inflation) in tuition. Back then, working during the summer and on weekends was enough to put yourself through school.
“Things have changed.
“While middle-class household incomes have barely increased, the cost of a degree has almost tripled in these incoming freshmen’s lifetimes. The cost of mere access to the kind of high-paying jobs that require a bachelor’s degree at the least has almost tripled. The cost of the American Dream in New Jersey has almost tripled…”
To read the rest of Assemblywoman Riley’s article, please click here.