Diegnan Pushes Bill To Ensure Students Know About NJ STARS

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TRENTON – With New Jersey students set to return to class, Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan is sponsoring legislation to ensure high school juniors and seniors are aware that they could be in line for a NJ STARS full-tuition scholarship.

The New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJ STARS) program provides full-tuition county college scholarships to students who graduate in the top 15 percent of their high school class.

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“No high school student should be left unaware that they could qualify for NJ STARS,” said Diegnan (D-Middlesex), the Assembly Higher Education Committee chairman. “NJ STARS is allowing thousands of deserving students who might not have had the means to attend college to work towards a degree that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Every student who has a chance at the same success should know they, too, could have the same opportunity.”

Under the bill (A-2702), schools would be required to notify students in their junior year who rank in the top 30 percent of their class of their potential eligibility for the NJ STARS program should they improve their class rank over their final two years of high school. Seniors who are anticipated to finish in the top 15 percent of their class also would receive a notification regarding their potential eligibility the January before their graduation.

Approximately 4,100 students currently benefit from a NJ STARS scholarship.

The bill would also require schools to provide general information on the NJ STARS Program to freshmen students.

The bill passed the Assembly 79-0 in June and has been referred to the Senate Education Committee for more consideration.


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