Cuts to STARS program could affect NJ college students

STARS, the program that helped make college affordable for some of the state's brightest students, has suffered drastic cuts in funding.The program provided free tuition

EDISON - STARS, the program that helped make college affordable for some of the state's brightest students, has suffered drastic cuts in funding.

The program provided free tuition at county colleges for any student in the top 15 percent of their class. It also covered up to $7,000 in tuition for those students' final two years of education at any four-year university in the state.

The state funding for the program has dwindled to just $2,500. Many students who qualified for the program at the beginning of their studies worry there will be no money left by the time they reach their last two years.

The STARS program started eight years ago. At one time, it covered 100 percent of in-state tuition at a New Jersey four-year institution for eligible students who successfully completed two years at a community college.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

One of the tickets was sold at the 1 Winning lottery tickets sold in New Jersey
Collection agencies working for the IRS may call 2 Consumer Alert: IRS collections
A new United Way ALICE report has found 3 Report: 37% of NJ households can’t afford basic needs
Hundreds gathered at a rally in Newark Sunday 4 Hundreds rally to save Affordable Care Act
After 146 years, the curtain is coming down 5 Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus to close after 146-year run

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE