New Jersey college students affected by Hurricane Sandy fear they may not be able to afford tuition payments due in January, school officials told the state Assembly Higher Education Committee this morning.
Students who attend community colleges in Ocean and Monmouth County are especially vulnerable, said Sara Winchester, vice president of finance and administration for Ocean County College.
Some lost expensive text books and the cars they used to commute to classes in the storm's floodwaters. Others lost the jobs they relied on to help pay tuition because the businesses that employed them were destroyed as well.
"Our biggest concern is what will happen in the spring semester and how these students will manage to come back to school," Winchester said.