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Riley Urges RU Board of Governors to Hold the Line on Tuition

As Rutgers University’s Board of Governors meets today to decide whether to hike tuition rates at the state university, Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair Celeste Riley urged the governing body to hold the line on expenses and refrain from burdening already financially-strapped students.

“One of the great appeals of Rutgers is that it has long been an outstanding university that’s highly affordable. But year after year, all across the country, tuition rates are steadily rising, pricing college out of reach for more and more students.

“Compounding the problem is the current impasse in Congress over the recently doubled student loan rates. If Rutgers hikes tuition, it will likely mean more loans for most students, and a bigger hole to dig out of when they graduate.

“I urge the Board of Governors to be mindful of this and err on the side of prudence when considering tuition rates today. Holding the line on expenses is in the best interest of our already financially-strapped students,” said Riley (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem).