Community colleges could see funding cuts under Gov. Murphy's 2025 proposed budget

Many of the community colleges in the Garden State say that they are already not adequately funded to meet their fiscal responsibilities.

Matt Trapani and Naomi Yané

Feb 29, 2024, 1:22 AM

Updated 50 days ago

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Community colleges in New Jersey could be forced to tighten their belts if Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed budget moves forward.
Many of the community colleges in the Garden State say that they are already not adequately funded to meet their fiscal responsibilities.
Community colleges are often seen as lifelines for students struggling financially and academically.
The governor’s proposed $55.9 billion budget for 2025 includes a 12% reduction in state investment that leaders in education say would significantly undermine the critical work the schools do in their communities. This 12% comes out to a $20 million cut from state investment in higher education.
“Community colleges work hard every day to open up doors of opportunity and to create a strong economy. They're essential institutions. How can you explain at this moment why we're moving backward in state investment and state commitment to these institutions,” asked Dr. Aaron Fichter, of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges.
Murphy responded to the criticism on News 12’s “Ask Gov. Murphy” program Wednesday afternoon.
“We're still putting a ton into community colleges and higher-ed, generally. But if families out there are tightening their belt, we as a government, the Legislature and our administration has to tighten our belts as well,” the governor said.


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