- Associated Press - Monday, March 13, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey college officials are speaking out against a proposed funding cut to a financial aid program that has helped tens of thousands of disadvantaged students graduate.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/2miCM8l) that college leaders say they will have students who have benefited from the program appeal to lawmakers to overrule Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie’s proposed budget cuts 8.4 percent from the Educational Opportunity Fund. It will still receive nearly $40 million and a spokesman from the state’s treasury department points to increases in other financial aid programs.

The EOF program helps low-income students from academically underperforming school districts. It gives students a small monetary grant and also includes a freshman summer program and one-on-one work with advisers.

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