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Changes to NJ STARS Scholarship Program to Affect ACCC Students

August 31, 2005

Students attending Atlantic Cape Community College through the NJ STARS scholarship program will maintain their scholarships in 2005-06 if they have a 3.0 grade point average at the start of the fall semester. Previously, returning NJ STARS students had to finish their freshman year in the top 20 percent of their entering freshman class at ACCC. Gov. Richard Codey approved this change to the scholarship program earlier this month. The change in criteria applies to the first NJ STARS class of 2004-05 and all future NJ STARS students.

The state established NJ STARS—Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship—last year to provide high school students graduating in the top 20 percent of their class free tuition at their local community college. Students from Atlantic and Cape May counties who meet all other criteria will have up to two years from the date of high school graduation to enroll and begin using the scholarship at ACCC. There are about 9,000 students statewide and 800 locally who qualified for the program last year.

Students must first apply for all need-based federal and merit-based state financial aid grants. After that, NJ STARS will cover the remaining balance of tuition and fees, although certain lab, course and program fees may not be covered. Tuition and fees for ACCC’s Academy of Culinary Arts are also covered under the program.

ACCC has transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities to ensure a seamless transition to a four-year bachelor’s degree program. Students can save between $20,000-$80,000 of the cost of a four-year college or university by spending their first two years at ACCC.

For more information about NJ STARS, ACCC’s admissions office at (609) 343-5000 or (609) 886-7189, ext. 5000.