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FDU, Bergen Community College Program Offers Tuition Discount

New initiative aims to make higher education affordable, school officials say.

Bergen Community College President Kay Walter (left) and Fairleigh Dickinson University President Sheldon Drucker sign the BCC-FDU Scholars Program into existence. / Photo credit: Rob Heinemann
Bergen Community College President Kay Walter (left) and Fairleigh Dickinson University President Sheldon Drucker sign the BCC-FDU Scholars Program into existence. / Photo credit: Rob Heinemann

by Rob Heinemann 

Officials at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Bergen Community College have come together to help students transition by creating a dual admission program.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University and Bergen Community College Scholars Program (BCC-FDU Scholars Program) was signed into action Wednesday at noon.

“This is going to be terrific,” FDU President Sheldon Drucker said at a press conference. “We’ll be able to provide a very affordable education to the students of Bergen County. We’ll be offering special tuition rates, scholarships and even some housing grants.”

Students may enroll in the program by completing a BCC-FDU Scholars Program Commitment Form as entering freshmen at Bergen. All credits taken at Bergen, up to a maximum of 64, that are a part of an Associate Degree can be considered for transfer to Fairleigh Dickinson.

“No credits lost,” said Bergen Community College President Kay Walter. “This will not only allow the students to transfer, it will allow them to move seamlessly into the programs at Fairleigh Dickinson. We will be having counselors from Fairleigh Dickinson on a regular basis.”

All students in the BCC-FDU Scholarship Program will be eligible for up to a 40 percent reduction from the appropriate FDU tuition rate upon completion of the associate’s degree and enrollment in the B.A., B.S., or combined bachelor’s/master's program, according to school officials.

The following scholarships and grants are also available through the BCC-FDU Scholars Program:

  • Students with a 3.5 or greater GPA will receive a $1,000 per year scholarship in addition to the 40 percent reduction in tuition.

  • Students who enroll in a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program will received the 40 percent reduction in tuition for the graduate year unless enrolled in a graduate program with a more favorable tuition.

  • Students electing to reside on either the Metropolitan Campus or College at Florham will receive a $1,500 per year housing grant.

  • Members of Phi Theta Kappa will receive a $16,000 per year scholarship in lieu of the 40 percent reduction.

  • Students who qualify for NJ STAR II will receive the $2,500 per year scholarship from the state of New Jersey in addition to the 40 percent reduction in tuition or the Phi Theta Kappa scholarship.

“Many of the high school students in New Jersey have ended up in out-of-state schools,” said Drucker. “This will encourage them to stay in state and again, it’s really geared toward being affordable. It’s so hard to afford an education and this will enable many students to do it.”

Click here to visit to Bergen Community College website or click here for more information from the Fairleigh Dickinson University website.


Diane Schwarz October 17, 2013 at 07:16 PM
I hope this is well publicized! So many students need such a program! Congrats!

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