Free tuition expands to all of N.J.’s community colleges

All of New Jersey’s community colleges will now offer free tuition to some students, Gov. Phil Murphy announced this week.

The current system is limited, with stipulations, to students coming from families who earn $45,000 or less.

Murphy said this will give students access to "an education that is within financial reach and allows them to worry about their grades instead of how they will pay for school.”

“We know that if our students can obtain a higher education, our communities become more prosperous, their employers become more competitive, and the state economy becomes more innovative and attractive to businesses," Murphy said in a statement.

The six schools joining the program are: Brookdale Community College; County College of Morris; Essex County College; Raritan Valley Community College; Rowan College at Burlington County; and Sussex County Community College.

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Angela Cleveland