WAYNE - Students from the state's public colleges say they need to hold jobs and take out loans to be able to afford a higher education in New Jersey.

Students met with lawmakers in Trenton yesterday to plead for more higher education funding.

Daniela Jorge, of William Paterson University, said yesterday that 70 percent of students work 25 hours a week or more in order to afford school. Another William Paterson University student told News 12 New Jersey she works 40 hours a week at a local coffee shop in order to pay for school.

Rutgers University President Richard McCormick told a Senate budget panel Monday that the state's four-year schools expect to hold tuition increases below 10 percent if Gov. Chris Christie's budget is approved. The budget calls for nearly the same amount of operating aid as last year.

Rutgers senior John Aspray said a 9 percent tuition increase would mean about $1,100 more per student.

AP wire services contributed to this report.