Governor takes a bold step in supporting adult learners

TRETON Today, Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey State Legislature took a bold step to support non-traditional learners with college grants specifically targeting Thomas Edison State University (TESU) as part of the New Jersey State Budget for Fiscal Year 2023 are aligned.

With the passage of the state budget today, a appropriation to support college tuition was signed by Murphy, which was included in the budget on Wednesday, June 29th.

“This is a game changer for our students,” said Dr. Merodie A. Hancock, President of TESU. “I want to thank the sponsors of the funds, the Legislature and the Governor for their action today. With this investment, New Jersey is taking a leadership role in addressing need-based support for adult students in higher education.”

The budget includes an allocation of $1.5 million from the State General Fund to the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority at the U.S. Department of State for fiscal year 2023 to provide tuition assistance to students enrolled at Thomas Edison State University .

“Thomas Edison State University is a leader in providing online education for adult learners,” said NJ Sen. Troy E. Singleton, District 7, who has campaigned for additional funding for TESU. “These funds fill a lack of financial support provided under existing student aid grants and other forms of traditional student aid. We hope this funding will open up new opportunities for even more people who want to achieve their higher education goals.”

The grant funding will enable the university to establish a separate and unique Grant Opportunity (GO-TESU) grant support program that will allow the university to open the doors to adult learners who are transforming their lives and advancing their careers want .

In a joint statement, NJ Sen. Shirley Turner, Asw. Verlina Reynolds-Jackson and Asm. Anthony S. Verrelli of District 15 said, “Fifty years ago tomorrow, the New Jersey State Board of Higher Education established Thomas Edison State University as one of the first public institutions to abandon traditional conventions and provide higher education for the state’s working adults. Today, with this budget, we are once again pushing our thinking beyond traditional financial aid conventions to create a path to education for adult learners.”

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About Thomas Edison State University
Thomas Edison State University offers distinctive undergraduate and graduate education for empowered adults through flexible, high-quality collegiate learning and assessment opportunities. The university is one of the premier public higher education institutions in New Jersey and offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. Students earn degrees through a variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to suit their individual needs. Identified by The New York Times As “the college that paved the way for flexibility,” the university is a national leader in adult education evaluation and a pioneer in the use of educational technology. The New Jersey State Library is a subsidiary. To learn more, visit www.tesu.edu or E-Mail [email protected].

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