Every year an average of 33,000 New Jersey residents leave the state to attend a college or university in another state. On Tuesday, the presidents of 10 participating Garden State public colleges and universities partnered to offer a unique incentive for those students to return home.
The leaders said their schools will accept credits earned with a grade of C or better from an accredited out-of-state college or university, promise a speedy review of applications and offer guaranteed housing, based on availability at the time the student commits.
“New Jersey needs your energy, your intelligence, and your commitment,” the presidents wrote in a joint statement.
The participating institutions are Montclair State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rowan University, Kean University, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College, Stockton University, The College of New Jersey, Thomas Edison State University and William Paterson University.
“This is an unprecedented period in our history, a time that calls for everyday heroes to show up and give back. Think of the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. Think of those natural disasters and crises when young people turned out to fight for what’s right, to push us toward a hopeful future.”
The New Jersey Scholar Corps will provide students with volunteer opportunities to serve their local communities while gaining valuable experience and building their professional networks.
Students and families may learn more about this new initiative at NJComeHome.org