According to an announcement this week, by January, thousands of low-income students in New Jersey will be able to attend community college without paying for any tuition or fees. The program, called the Community College Innovation Challenge, is a pilot fought for and enacted by Governor Phil Murphy. To qualify, students must make less than $45,000 in adjusted gross income, and be enrolled in at least six credits a semester.
According to an article in USA Today, though he had originally proposed $50 million towards the program, Governor Murphy was only able to secure $24 million. Still, the program will help send thousands of low-income students to school for free, helping fulfill a campaign promise Murphy made during the 2017 election season. The Governor hopes this will be merely a first step towards making all community colleges in the state tuition free for all students.