TRENTON, NJ - Senate Higher Education Chair Sandra B. Cunningham (D-Hudson) is spearheading legislation to help college students reduce their overall education costs by graduating on time. 

The bill, S-760, which requires undergraduate students at all colleges and universities that receive State Tuition Aid Grants to meet with an appropriate academic official and outline the requirements of their degree program along with a plan to meet those requirements, was passed by the Senate 36-0 Thursday. 

“We are working aggressively to do all we can for our college students,” Cunningham said adding that the low four year graduation rates at New Jersey colleges, in some instances just 42 percent “is an issue.”

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At four year schools students would be required to meet with their advisor sometime between when they start school and when they complete 45 credit hours. At county colleges, students would be required to set their degree plan before the completion of 30 credits.

"If we want our college students to graduate on time, there must be a safeguard in place to keep them on track."

The bill further stipulates that students falling behind on the established benchmarks would be required to meet with an academic advisor prior to their next course registration.