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ACCC Plans March 5 Information Session about NJ STARS Scholarship

February 12, 2009

Atlantic Cape Community College will host an information session for high school students eligible for free ACCC tuition under the NJ STARS scholarship program. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, March 5, in ACCC's Walter Edge Theater, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.

Jacob Farbman, director of communications for the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, will discuss the changes to and benefits of the NJ STARS program. There will be a panel discussion with representatives from ACCC, four-year colleges and financial aid.

Established by the state in 2004, NJ STARS-Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship-provides high school students graduating in the top 15 percent of their class with free tuition at their local community college. Students from Atlantic and Cape May counties who meet all criteria will have up to two years from the date of high school graduation to enroll and begin using the scholarship at ACCC.

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 included in the program.

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

To attend the session, or for more information about NJ STARS, contact Linda McLeod, assistant director of college recruitment, at (609) 343-5009, (609) 625-1111, or (609) 463-4774, ext. 5009, or e-mail mcleod@atlantic.edu.