The state's public colleges are speaking out after Gov. Chris Christie made deep cuts to higher education funding before signing his $29.7 billion budget Thursday.
Christie eliminated $55 million in college tuition grants, mostly for low-income students, cutting not only the additional spending Democrats had proposed but also funds from his own budget proposal in March.
“This spending plan, without a doubt, is another setback for college opportunity and affordability,” said Darryl Greer, director of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Other casualties included many personnel reductions across the state colleges as well as law school programs at Newark, Camden and Seton Hall University that provide legal services for low-income offenders.