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Rice/ Doria & Bryant Bill To Assist Students With College Credit Transferring Becomes Law

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CHERRY HILL – Legislation sponsored by Senators Ronald L. Rice, Joseph V. Doria and Wayne R. Bryant to allow for a smooth transition of all community college credits to a 4-year college or university became law today at Camden County Community College.

“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. This new seamless transfer system will encourage students to continue their educational goals without fear of losing credits for their hard work.”

The enacted 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.

“For many students on limited incomes, community college is a gateway to a brighter future,” said Senator Doria, D-Hudson, a member of the Senate Education Committee. “In New Jersey, we have a record of helping students continue their education at the community college level, through the NJ STARS program. With this law in place, we are further supporting community college students, by allowing them to easily transfer to a four-year school and continue their studies.”

“It is important that we give all of New Jersey’s scholars every opportunity to succeed,” said Senator Bryant, D-Camden and Gloucester. “I can only imagine how disheartening it is to take courses, and not have the grade added to my transcript because the course credits wouldn’t transfer. This legislation is about ensuring that our local community colleges are held to the same high academic standards as four-year institutions. An ‘A’ at a community college should be an ‘A’ anywhere.” ###

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