NJ STARS program slashes scholarships for transfers to 4-year state schools

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

Dayton Pierce believes he may have found the best deal in higher education.

Jennifer Brown/The Star-Ledger Dayton Pierce, an NJSTARS student at Bergen Community College, studies in the law section of the campus library and is one of the students eligible for less money if he transfers to a four-year state school next year.
When his father lost his job two years ago, Pierce said he was forced to leave Ramapo College of New Jersey after his freshman year because his family could no longer afford the tuition. So the accounting major took advantage of the NJ STARS state scholarship program, which gives top New Jersey students free tuition to county college.