In the 21st Century, higher education isn’t a luxury, it’s vital to sustaining our communities and achieving the American dream in support of the “common good.” Higher education transforms individuals, families and communities now and for generations to come. It is a springboard to success for those who seize the opportunities that college provides. There are government grants for students who have few resources, but little in the way of help for students from average working class families. The mission of the foundation is to help deserving students , who neither qualify for state nor federal aid, achieve their dreams of a college degree.
The cost of a Brookdale education is only a third of that of a public four-year college and a fifth of that of a private four-year college. Even so, finances are still an issue for a growing number of students. Brookdale students juggle full time and part time jobs, family responsibilities and college coursework simultaneously.
Most students, however, don’t qualify for federal or State aid simply because they “make too much money” as defined by federal or State formulas and guidelines used to determine “need.” These students of hard-working, middle class families are left to either take out loans, increase their work hours or reduce their course load thereby delaying and sometimes forfeiting their educational goals.
The funds we raise are made possible by the generous support of alumni, faculty, administration, individuals, companies and organizations who value and recognize the vital role that Brookdale plays in educating Monmouth County people of all backgrounds, abilities and ages.