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Rice/ Doria Bill To Help Community College Students Have A Smooth Transfer To A 4-Year School

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Ronald L. Rice and Senator Joseph V. Doria Jr. to assist students with transferring their community college credits to a 4-year college or university was approved by the full Senate 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. “Students attending two-year institutions should not have to pay repetitive costs that can occur when transferring to a four-year college. It is imperative to have a seamless transfer system in order to encourage students to continue their educational goals without fear of losing credits for their hard work.”

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 a two-year associate degree to a baccalaureate degree program.”

“For many students on limited incomes, community college offers an affordable, quality education, and can serve as a stepping stone to a four-year degree,” said Senator Doria, D-Hudson. “We should do everything we can on the State level to ease the transition from community college to four-year university, to give everyone a chance to gain the tools needed to succeed in today’s world.”

The bill heads to the Assembly for consideration.

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