ERIC Number: ED446554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Trust in the Future: New Strategies for College Opportunity and Affordability in New Jersey.
Merisotis, Jamie P.; Clinedinst, Melissa E.
This paper explores the changing context for New Jersey's higher education system and implications for future access and opportunity. It highlights the state's existing major student aid programs, including how they are currently used and will be affected by future demand. Analyses are provided of contemporary approaches to addressing the issues of access, affordability, and predictability at the national and state level. After an introduction, Section 1, "Context for Change," examines the economic outlook and enrollment in higher education. Section 2, "New Jersey's Financial Aid System," describes the Tuition Aid Grant program, the Educational Opportunity Fund, and the student aid system capacity. Section 3, "Analyzing New Jersey's Current Financing Trends," presents results from analysis of trend data specific to New Jersey's overall higher education financing system and information pertaining to national trends. Section 4, "Lessons From Other States," discusses large-scale merit scholarships; prepaid tuition plans; savings plans; aid for part-time students; work-study programs; and state response to federal tax credits. Several policy recommendations are presented, including: establish a need-based financial aid program for part-time students and develop policies to maximize the benefits of federal tax credits for New Jersey families. (Contains 61 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Enrollment Trends, Grants, Higher Education, Part Time Students, Scholarship Funds, State Aid, Student Financial Aid, Tax Credits, Tuition, Work Study Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, Trenton.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey