Bill would track graduation rates of college financial aid recipients

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A bill that would require state colleges to track the graduation rates of students who get state Tuition Aid Grants to pay for college easily passed the state Assembly on Monday.

The legislation comes after a February 2013 Watchdog Report in The Press of Atlantic City showed that while the state Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, or HESAA, had distributed almost $1.4 billion in TAG funds to low-income students over the previous five years, there was no public data collected to show how many students who receive the grants actually graduate.

Bill sponsor Assemblywoman Celeste Riley, D-Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem said it is important to start collecting that data to be sure that the funds are being used effectively to help students succeed.

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