There are area colleges who have reduced their tuition or have combined to lower it. However, none offer the chance to get a four-year degree tuition free, or for half tuition, that the “Bridging The Gap Program” does through a cooperative effort between Camden County College and Rutgers University-Camden.
When Adjusted Gross Income is below $60,000, students can attend both colleges tuition free. When Adjusted Gross Income is between $60,001 and $100,000, students would pay half-tuition. Students must be admissible to both Camden County College and to Rutgers-Camden. The only way to qualify for the Program is by getting an appropriate Associate’s Degree from Camden County College first. This can be accomplished by taking lecture and/or online courses at any of Camden County College’s campuses in Blackwood, Camden or Cherry Hill.
Doubling this benefit, students who graduate from Camden County College with a relatively modest grade point average are also guaranteed automatic admission to bachelor’s degree programs in Liberal Arts, Business, Psychology, or Criminal Justice at Rutgers-Camden. This eliminates students’ concerns about being admitted.
Details on the “Bridging The Gap Program”, which is available to anyone, not just Camden County residents, may be obtained by calling the Camden County College Advisement Office in Taft Hall on the Blackwood Campus, at (856)227-7200.
When asked about the program, Lawrence J. Danks, Assistant Professor of Business at Camden County College remarked, "I’ve been a full-time business administration professor for thirty-three years. The most important thing I say regularly to students is that they should not stop going to college unless they obtain a minimum of their Bachelor’s degree or obtain training in an area in demand."
"Our President Don Borden is a strong supporter of career programs. He strongly believes that a community college should serve everyone’s need, not just those of transfer students. Camden County College not only offers traditional transfer programs to prepare students to attend a four-year school, but many career programs in ophthalmic technology, dental hygiene, computer integrated manufacturing technology, welding, culinary arts, automotive technology, and much more."
"The second most important thing I tell students is about this “Bridging The Gap Program.” Who would pay more tuition when they didn’t have to? You might think students would rush over to get information. Some do, but not as many as you might think. However, I believe the greatest interest in this Program will come not from students, but from their parents, who can seek further information themselves."
"Student loan debt can be crushing for students and parents alike. This is a unique opportunity for parents and students to do something about it so they won’t have a large, long-term debt hanging over their heads. Needing a degree or meaningful training is a fact of life today. Thanks to Camden County College and Rutgers University-Camden having a lot of college debt doesn’t have to be," he said.