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March 8 Information Session Outlines NJ STARS Scholarship

February 20, 2006

Atlantic Cape Community College will host “An Evening with the STARS” to provide information to high school students eligible for free ACCC tuition under the NJ STARS scholarship program. The information session is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, in ACCC’s Walter Edge Theater, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.

John Iacovelli, director of client services for the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, will discuss the benefits of the NJ STARS program. ACCC administrators and staff will address reasons students should consider choosing ACCC to begin their higher education.

The state established NJ STARS—Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship—in 2004 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 20,000 students statewide and 900 locally who qualify for the program this 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 included in the program.

ACCC’s transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities ensures 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.

Students with an associate degree earn up to $400,000 more over their lifetime. New Jersey’s annual workforce earnings are $6.3 million greater – the equivalent of 135,000 jobs – due to community colleges. For every tax dollar invested in New Jersey’s community colleges, over $18 returns to the State. Community colleges serve nearly 300,000 students, and 95 percent of community college students stay in New Jersey.

To attend the March 8 session, or for more information about NJ STARS, contact Linda McLeod, assistant director of college recruitment, at (609) 343-5009 or (609) 463-4774, ext. 5009, or e-mail mcleod@atlantic.edu.