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Riley: We must make college in N.J. affordable

Assemblywoman Celeste M. Riley (D-Cumberland), chairwoman of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, had the following op-ed published in the South Jersey Times:

“At more than $1.2 trillion, student loan debt has surpassed credit card debt in our nation.

“The average debt for a New Jersey college student is around $30,000. Nationally, four New Jersey colleges ranked among the 20 public colleges with the highest average student debt for their 2012 graduating classes. Approximately 71 percent of New Jersey college graduates in 2012 had student loan debt…”

To read the rest of Assemblywoman Riley’s op-ed, click here.

To read a summary of Assemblywoman Riley’s 20-bill reform package, click here.