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Rice Bill To Address College Credit Transfer Issues

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Ronald L. Rice to allow for a smooth transition of all community college credits to a 4-year college or university was approved by the Senate Education Committee today.

“The decision to attend a two or four year school of higher education is many times based on affordability,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “Most students can’t afford to retake classes when they transfer to a school’s 4-year program. It’s important that college advisors help students understand the importance of selecting general education classes that will easily transfer to any of our States 4-year colleges.”

The bill, S-2535, would require colleges to establish a Statewide transfer agreement that allows students to easily transfer most, if not all, academic credits from an associates degree to a baccalaureate degree program.

“Students should not be at a disadvantage when transferring to a four-year educational institution,” said Senator Rice. “This new seamless transfer system will encourage students to continue their educational goals without fear of losing credits for their hard work.”

The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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