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Newark, N.J.


Parents in Newark, N.J., are largely unaware of grants created to help their children go to college. That is the conclusion of a report by the Newark City of Learning Collaborative and the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University at Newark.

As one Newark mother explained, “It’s very difficult for a family with a first-generation student going to college. This is all very new for us. The information that is more direct is very difficult to come by. You have to search the internet, go to the workshops and find a way to help your child. And even then, it’s very hard.”

Parents appreciated the support provided by local schools and community organizations, but they suggested that these providers should start earlier than junior year in sharing information. One parent said, “I actually think that they should start giving [students] a heads-up earlier so that they won’t be overwhelmed.”

Students in Newark were also for the most part unaware of programs created to help them.

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