Thursday, October 29, 2015

Rutgers Camden Cut Tuition Costs or Eliminate it Completely

New Jersey: Rutgers-Camden to Cut Tuition Costs in Half, Eliminate it Completely for Some Students

"New Jersey students who may not have considered applying for college because of financial constraints could have their tuition costs completely waived or reduced by half through a program being offered by Rutgers University-Camden," NJ 101.5 reports.
"The 'Bridging the Gap' program is open to students who are graduating from high school in 2016 and who are U.S. citizens and residents of New Jersey. It’s only available to those who plan to attend Rutgers Camden next fall.
'Bold moves are necessary to counter the real debt challenges that face college graduates across the nation. This Rutgers–Camden initiative is an innovative response that is structured to help ensure that every New Jersey student and family seeking a world-class Rutgers education can do so right here in South Jersey,' Rutgers–Camden Chancellor Phoebe A. Haddon said in a press release on the school’s website (
How does 'Bridging the Gap work?'
  • Families with an adjusted gross income of $60,000 or less will receive a grant that covers all of their tuition costs as well as the general campus fee.
  • Families with an AGI of $60,001 to $100,000 will receive a grant covering 50 percent of their remaining tuition and the general campus fee once any other grants are applied.
  • In addition, students who have student loan debt during and after graduating from Rutgers-Camden will see a reduction or elimination of this debt.
  • Since participation in the program is need-based, completion of the FAFSA is mandatory.
  • The grant is not transferable to other schools or Rutgers campuses.
  • Students in the program must be in good academic standing and maintain at least 30 college credits per year."

Volunteer Opportunity - Monmouth Beach

Our next host week starts the evening of Sunday, November 22 through Sunday morning, November 29.   We are reaching out to you a few weeks early this time because Thanksgiving falls during this week and we want to be sure that we have enough help that night.  Please respond to this email if you are able to do any of the jobs this week but especially if you are able to help on Thanksgiving evening.

While our partnership with Grace Christian Church reduces our overall time commitment (Grace Christian Church covers Friday and Saturday evening as well as Saturday morning breakfast).  We still need lots of help on our host nights Sunday through Thursday.  We also need up with set up and breakdown on both Sunday mornings.  

In addition to our adult volunteers, we encourage young adults in grades 7 and up to help with Family Promise.  The children really like being with our young people.  And, it's a great way to earn volunteer service hours for Confirmation, Junior National Honor Society, or for college apps.  It is important for these young adults to sign up for a specific evening so we know who is coming and how many.  We can only have 3 or 4 young people each evening.
Family Promise Volunteer Jobs
  • meal preparation volunteers deliver food at 5:55pm and stay to dine with the guests (optional)  - 3 adults for each evening
  • evening hosts arrive at 6:25pm and are relieved at 8:30pm - 2 adults and 2-3 student volunteers
  • overnight volunteers arrive at 8:30pm - leave by 7am - 2 adults
  • pick up supplies - the sign up sheet will now include a list of items so that you can choose what you would like to bring

Virtual College Planning Summit

Free SAT/ACT Practice Test

On Sunday, November 15, 2015, there will be a Free New SAT/ACT Combo Practice Test held by Kaplan Test Prep to help students decide between the New SAT or ACT. The practice test will be held at Monmouth University , 400 Cedar Ave. West Long Branch, NJ 07764; Bey Hall Young Auditorium , 10:00AM-2:00PM. Please visit to sign up today. Space is limited!!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Changes to the College Application Process for the Class of 2017

Although the college application process is a new experience each individual high school junior, a lot of change is happing that is new and impacts the class of 2017. This information may be important to parents who just went through this with an older sibling or a junior getting planning advice from alumni:

  • More details have emerged about the new SAT, which debuts just in time for juniors to take this coming March—but those taking the test won’t get the results for at least six weeks.

  • Juniors filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid will be able to do so in October of their senior year, while this year’s seniors have to wait until January to do so. In addition, juniors will be able to use tax information that’s already been filed with the IRS, making it much easier to apply for federal help for college.

  • A group of colleges that includes some of the most selective US institutions have formed a coalition that will offer its own application for admission next year, a move that will first affect—you guessed it—the juniors. 

(Side note: Rutgers is part of the coalition mentioned above.)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Volunteer Opportunity

Answering that Awkward Question: "Where Else Are You Applying?"

Mobile App Coming this Fall for Common Application Users

Support for Grieving Children

Colleges that Provide Full and Nearly Full Tuition Scholarships

National College Fair Registration Information

Atlantic City National College Fair
Lead Retrieval will again be available to students and colleges at the fair.  All the colleges participating in the fair will have a scanner.  
Students attending the fair are STRONGLY encouraged, prior to arriving to the fair, to go online and register their information to receive a bar code that they will print out and bring with them to the fair. The colleges can scan the bar code and send students information, instead of filling out a card.

The website to register is: 

Please encourage your students and their parents of this process.

We look forward to seeing you and your students at the fair!

Fair Details:

Atlantic City Convention Center
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
9:00 am to 12:00 pm;  6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Rutgers Visual Arts Department Open House

Mason Gross School of the Arts
Open House
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Undergraduate info sessions: 10:30 or 12:30
Portfolio reviews
Undergraduate exhibition on view
Guided tours of Visual Arts facilities

Register: or call 848-932-5210

Coaltion Application - Summer Workshop Series

The Coalition’s Summer Application Workshop Series is designed to help students get started early on their college applications. Five short ...