Fact Sheet Strengthening Student Aid in New Jersey: How Can New Jersey Increase Transparency in TAG Award Amounts across Colleges?
Sandy Baum, Kristin Blagg
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New Jersey’s state grant program delivers the highest level of need-based aid per student in the country. And the state’s major grant program, the Tuition Aid Grant (TAG), funds all eligible students, rather than excluding students when the funding runs out. But different levels of grant aid for enrollment in different institutions within sectors, combined with a confidential need analysis formula, make it difficult for students to predict how much support they will receive. Large differences in award levels create tensions among higher education institutions both within and across the public and private sectors. Review our entire Strengthening State Student Grant Aid Project Page.

Research Areas Education Social safety net
Tags Families with low incomes Higher education Financial knowledge and capability
Policy Centers Center on Education Data and Policy