Budget committee hearing underway; college tuition at stake

PARAMUS – The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee is hearing testimony from a list of concerned interested parties, most of which are expressing their displeasure with loss of funding.

Among the worried were college students in the NJ STARS scholarship program for top-15 percent high schoolers to go attend one of the state’s 19 community colleges.

Student Serafina Riccobono wondered whether cuts to the program will allow for her to finish school in the near-term.

“Will my family be financially stable enough to support me in a four-year school?” she said to the panel. “We are humbly imploring you to find room in the budget.”

Gov. Chris Christie’s budget proposal calls for a $4.7 million cut to the program which spent $21.1 million in FY11. Budget committee hearing underway; college tuition at stake