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  • NJ A933
  • Provides NJ STARS II Program eligibility to certain students who attained an associate's degree through a joint program offered by a school district and a county college.
In Committee
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/VetoedVeto Overridden
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill addresses a unique situation which has come to light since the establishment of the NJ STARS II Program. A number of school districts have established joint programs with a county college under which advanced high school students may take county college courses while still in high school and earn an associate's degree prior to high school graduation. Such students will then be entering college as junior year students. Under present law these students would not be able to take advantage of the NJ STARS II Program to finance the third and fourth years of their college education because they were not recipients of an NJ STARS scholarship. In light of the fact that the purpose of NJ STARS and NJ STARS II is to encourage such academically-talented students to pursue their higher education in New Jersey, the ineligibility of joint program students is not only inherently unfair but is at cross purposes with the intent of these scholarship programs. This bill will provide NJ STARS II scholarship eligibility to students who would have been eligible for NJ STARS except for their enrollment as a high school student in a joint school district - county college program. Receipt of the NJ STARS II scholarship will of course be dependent upon the student's achievement of the required grade point average in the county college courses.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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