New Jersey Students Want Cheaper, Better Colleges Near Home

Barry Lenson

Several decades ago, New Jersey didn’t have enough colleges to accommodate its own students. The result? Most students from the Garden State had to apply to colleges in other states, which gave them a severe geographical disadvantage in admissions offices.

Things have gotten better over the years. Over the last two decades, New Jersey has expanded its colleges – both in number and in size. Enrollment in New Jersey schools - The College of New Jersey, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College, Richard Stockton College, Thomas Edison State College and others – has grown about 40 percent over the last decade.

Yet apparently it is still not enough. A recent article in reports that New Jersey is still “The number one exporter of college students.”

The article quotes Scott White, director of guidance at Montclair High School in New Jersey: 

"Parents used to say, no matter what happened, 'we'll make it work.' And a lot of time people did find a combination of federal and state aid and scholarship money and made it work. But more and more people now are saying 'I don't know if I can make this work' for the more expensive college options."

The article also predicts that many students will be hoping to attend colleges in New Jersey. The underlying reason is that families are trying to save tuition dollars by using taxpayer-subsidized schools in their own state.

Apparently the students and parents are not yet up to speed on the role that distance learning courses can play in speeding the learning process and cutting educational expenses.

When it comes to being “close to home,” nothing gets closer than online learning.


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