University Launches Pledge 4 Success Initiative to Help Students Bridge Financial Gap Between Federal and State Aid and Tuition

William Paterson University in Wayne is launching an initiative to provide grants to students that will make up the difference between federal and state aid and tuition so that they can attend without incurring any additional costs.

The new initiative, titled the William Paterson Pledge 4 Success, will make up the difference between what a student will receive if eligible for full New Jersey TAG and federal PELL grants, and what he or she would owe in tuition and fees. This means that a student who is eligible for full state and federal grant support would not need to pay any additional costs toward tuition. Housing, books and other expenses are not covered. Pledge 4 Success supports incoming first-year students who are New Jersey residents and are eligible for New Jersey TAG and federal PELL funding.

“Pledge 4 Success is part of our continuing commitment to serving our low-income students, while reducing their need to take on student loan debt,” says President Richard J. Helldobler.  “At William Paterson, we are proud to provide proactive programs that support our students as they reach their personal and academic goals on the path to college graduation, career success and community leadership.”

The University expects that when fully implemented, based on current costs and student demographics, more than 1,000 William Paterson students will benefit from the new Pledge 4 Success program.