While college costs continue to rise and the need for higher education becomes more and more prevalent, students scramble to find a way to cover their steep tuition bills and fees of attending college. But good news has arrived for lower-income New Jersey students, in the form of Governor Chris Christie’s proposed Urban Scholarship Program, a financial aid initiative that will award $1,000,000 to qualified college freshman.
The program will focus on prospective students from 14 New Jersey communities that have been identified by the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) as having the greatest need for student aid; the towns include Camden, Newark, Paterson, and East Orange. Students will need to meet additional requirements to receive their $1,000 in assistance, including maintaining a 3.0 GPA and at least a year of residency.
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