Assembly Republican Press Release -
A military veteran who attends a public college or university in New Jersey will pay an in-state tuition rate under legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Jay Webber, R-Morris, Essex and Passaic. The Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee released the bill today.
“Many of our returning service men and women are looking for opportunities to build a career once they leave the military,” said Webber. “One of the avenues to pursue in that quest is continuing their education at a college or university in New Jersey. Offering in-state tuition at a public college can help our veterans acquire the knowledge and skills that today’s employers are seeking at a reasonable price.”
Webber’s bill (A-2622), referred to as the “New Jersey Tuition Equality for America’s Military (NJTEAM) Act,” amends current law and provides that a veteran will be regarded as a resident of the state for the purpose of determining tuition, regardless of where they live.
“These patriots answered the call to serve our country. Helping them obtain a degree gives them a better chance at obtaining a job,” commented Webber. “This is the least we can do to express our gratitude to those who have contributed to our country’s security and have asked nothing in return.”
Currently, Richard Stockton College and Rowan University offer in-state tuition to all veterans.
The identical Senate version (S-849) was released by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee in January and was referred to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.