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New Jersey Bill Would Freeze Tuition -- at Private Colleges, Too

September 19, 2014

Legislation approved by the New Jersey Assembly's higher education committee would freeze tuition for state residents for nine consecutive semesters-- whether they attend a public or private college in the state, NJ.com reported. Numerous states have frozen tuition at public colleges, but it would be highly unusual -- and quite possibly unenforceable -- for lawmakers to seek to do so at private nonprofit institutions. The legislation would exempt any institution with an endowment of more than $1 billion from having to adopt any possible freeze; that provision would affect only Princeton University.

Public college officials object to the measure, which they say will leave colleges without sufficient revenue as their funding from the state has declined by 25 percent over a decade. The measure is not expected to gain much traction in the Legislature.

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Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. He helps lead the news organization's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings and on campuses around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his wife, Kate Scharff, in Bethesda, Md.

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