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NJ lawmakers introduce sweeping education reforms aimed at lowering college costs

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NJ lawmakers introduce sweeping education reforms aimed at lowering college costs

MARCH 20, 2014, 11:28 AM    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014, 11:53 PM
BY PATRICIA ALEX
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

A package of bills that would dramatically change everything from how college students pay for their meals and textbooks to how quickly tuition could rise was introduced Thursday by Democratic lawmakers who want to force the state’s colleges to graduate more students and keep costs in check.

But the 20-bill initiative faces several political and practical hurdles in a state that is home to the most expensive higher education in the nation.

The New Jersey Statehouse.

The proposals include a four-year tuition freeze, a tax-credit for student loans and provisions to shut down schools with low-graduation rates. The concepts behind the bills — introduced in the Assembly on Thursday — have appeared elsewhere as states try to grapple with the national problem of escalating college costs, but the sweeping scope of the New Jersey package appears unique.

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