Mergers planned in New Jersey to offer students more choice

Colleges in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland are benefiting from the number of students from New Jersey choosing to attend schools out of state, reports The Washington Post.

Students from high schools in New Jersey typically score well on the SAT college admissions test, but more than half of high school graduates filling out college applications for four-year degree programs do so for out-of-state colleges. More than 1,800 students attending the University of Maryland are from New Jersey.

In order to provide students in the state with more options, Governor Chris Christie recently endorsed a proposal to make Rowan University bigger by giving it control over Rutgers University, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. The plans could make room for more in-state freshmen, which could result in lower tuition for students who want to study in New Jersey.

If you're considering filling out a college application for an out-of-state school, think about the extra tuition you'll probably have to pay. Going to a school in your home state can be much more affordable. However, when you're trying to find the college for you, focus on which schools offer the major you're interested in, as opposed to where a school is located. 

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