A bill seeking to determine why New Jersey high school grads leave for colleges in other states was forwarded to the full Senate by a 5-0 vote of the Higher Education Committee on Monday.
Senate Bill 518 would direct the Secretary of Higher Education to conduct a survey of high school seniors to compare the academic and socio-economic characteristics of those who enroll in New Jersey colleges with those who go out of state.
The bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Thomas Kean Jr., R-21st District, and Sen. Sandra Cunningham, D-31st District, would also require an analysis of the extent to which the outmigration is impacted by the state's small geographic size and the desire of college students to experience independent living at a distance from their families.
The New Jersey Business Industry Association supports the bill. According to the NJBIA’s report on millennial outmigration, more than 1 million millennials left New Jersey from 2007 to 2016, while just 866,506 millennials arrived.