Press Release – The General Assembly today approved legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Dave Wolfe that amends the eligibility requirement for the NJ STARS (New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship) program.
Under current law, a student is eligible for the program if the student is, among other things, ranked within the top 15 percent of the graduating class at the time of high school graduation.
Wolfe’s bill, A-2364, amends current law so that eligibility will be based on the top 15 percent of the class at the completion of the 11th grade rather than a student’s rank at the time of graduation.
“With cost of a college education so expensive today, students and their families need as much financial assistance information as possible when selecting a school,” said Wolfe, R-Ocean. “Allowing a student know if he or she will be receiving tuition assistance at the end of their junior year rather than at graduation will be extremely helpful when beginning the college choice process.
“The NJ STARS program has been an invaluable scholarship program for many students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend college,” he continued. “In many cases, because it has also been the deciding factor as to where a student attends college, it has helped us retain many of our state’s brightest students. This revision will help make a great program even better.”
Wolfe has been a long-term advocate of the NJ Stars program. In May 2012, Gov. Christie signed into law legislation sponsored by the 10th legislative district lawmaker that revised the NJ STARS and NJ STARS II program. The revision resulted in savings to both the state and New Jersey colleges while preserving the program for eligible students.