New Jersey Bill Expanding Tuition Eligibility for Military Children Signed Into Law

Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a bipartisan bill to expand eligibility for the resident tuition rate to certain children of military personnel. The bill was a move to make college more affordable for the families of military members.

Any member of the military stationed in New Jersey and their dependents are already eligible for resident tuition rates at public institutions of higher education. This law (formerly bill A-2142/S-275) will expand eligibility to dependent children of military personnel who attended high school in New Jersey for at least three years, even if the dependent child no longer lives in the state at the time of their enrollment.

The law expands an existing measure allowing resident tuition rates for military members stationed in New Jersey and their children.

Tully, Swain Lead

The bill was sponsored by 38th Legislative District Assembly Democrats Christopher Tully and Lisa Swain and State Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21).

“Military families are often moving around in order to go where their country needs them. A child of a service member could live in New Jersey for several years. They grow up here and plan to go to college here, only to have to leave the state shortly before graduating high school,” said Tully and Swain in a joint statement.

“This law will help ensure those children can still attend a public university at resident tuition rates even after they are re-stationed,” the statement continues. “All military families contribute and sacrifice for our country. We can show our gratitude by offering their children a more affordable route to higher education in New Jersey.”

Kean Support

“Military families have earned this consideration through the sacrifices they have made for our nation,” State Sen. Kean said. “We can express our appreciation for their service and encourage them to return home to New Jersey for their college years.”

“When military obligations bring families to New Jersey, they become part of the community,” continued Kean. “They attend school, participate on athletic teams, earn spending money working in local businesses, and form life-long friendships.

“New orders may take them away, but this bill is an incentive for those students to attend college and start careers in the Garden State.”

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