Bipartisan legislation (S-763) revamping and expanding the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJ STARS) has passed the full Senate. The new program, titled the New Jersey HonorScholars, expands eligibility to students ranking in the top 20 percent of their class. The STARS’ cutoff was 15 percent.
The revamped program will still award scholarships that cover the full cost of tuition at any New Jersey community college. Students who earn an associate degree with a minimum 3.25 grade-point average are eligible for an NJ STARS II scholarship of up to $2,500 per year at any New Jersey public or independent four-year college or university.
Additionally, New Jersey HonorScholars will create new scholarships for students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class to attend a four-year institution for four years.
The bill’s sponsors are Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem) and Sens. Sandra B. Cunningham, (Hudson), Robert W. Singer (Monmouth and Ocean), and Linda R. Greenstein (Mercer and Middlesex).