Dancer bill expanding in-state tuition for military families passes Assembly committee

Dancer bill expanding in-state tuition for military families passes Assembly committee

Ron Dancer

TRENTON, N.J. – More military family members would be eligible for in-state tuition under a bill that was released by the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee Thursday.

Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill (A5692) would allow military spouses and dependents to pay in-state tuition for higher education if the service member relocates out of state for military service. To remain eligible, family members must be enrolled at the time of the relocation, and remain continuously enrolled.

“Time and again, we hear from our service members that some of the most stressful times for their families are during relocation,” Dancer (R-Ocean) said. “As with many of my other bills supporting the military, this is one more way to help reduce the stress on these families.”

Military members and their families are eligible for in-state tuition rates when stationed in New Jersey. However, with those families relocating every two to three years, many face disruptions in their education and find it difficult to complete degree programs. Allowing families to keep in-state tuition rates makes it easier for them to complete their degrees.

“Those who complete college degrees are often on better economic footing in their chosen fields, and this bill will help military family members meet their educational goals. We need to help our proud military families by making it easier them to complete their degrees,” Dancer added.

The bill now goes to the Assembly speaker for consideration.