Dancer bill offering in-state tuition rates to military children who moved out of New Jersey goes to governor

Dancer bill offering in-state tuition rates to military children who moved out of New Jersey goes to governor

Ron Dancer

TRENTON, N.J. – Children of military families who attended high school in New Jersey, but are not currently living in the state, would be eligible for in-state tuition at public New Jersey colleges under a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer and advanced by the Assembly today.

“Military commitments and sacrifices involve the entire family,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “Most military families move every two to three years, and some even more frequently. For a military child, it’s possible to have moved 10 times by the time they are 12 and to have changed schools six to nine times between kindergarten and high school graduation.”

Dancer’s bill (A2142) allows dependent children of military personnel, who attended high school in the state for at least three years, to pay in-state tuition rates at New Jersey’s public institutions of higher education.

“Moving around the country and the world can present many challenges for children,” continued Dancer. “Extending in-state tuition rates for young people who called New Jersey home, but had to move because of their families’ service to this country, is a small gesture that could potentially make a big impact. We want young people to come home to New Jersey, study here and build their lives and careers here. This is an incentive to bring people back to New Jersey.”

There are about 1.4 million military-connected children between 4 and 18 years old in the United States.

The Senate passed an identical bill (S274) by a unanimous vote in February 2020.