TRENTON, NJ - State colleges and universities would be required to waive certain fees for veterans, under legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon.) The bill has cleared the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill requires public institutions of higher education to waive or reimburse certain fees for veterans and service members.

“There are more than 16,000 veterans and service members pursuing four-year college degrees in New Jersey and every single one of these brave heroes deserves our support,” Senator Bateman said. “Members of the military often face significant economic hardships following a term of duty. Waiving costly application fees will encourage more veterans to complete their college degrees and develop the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market.”

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Senator Bateman’s legislation, S-1918, would require a public institution of higher education to waive or reimburse the institution’s application fee and fee for the receipt or transmission of a transcript for each veteran, member of the Armed Forces of the United States, the Reserve components, or member of the NJ National Guard who resides in the State and accepts admission to the institution.

An identical version of this legislation was approved by the Assembly. The bill now heads to the Senate floor for a final vote. If enacted, the legislation would take effect immediately.