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The New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant Study Commission

TAG Study Commission

Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2019, c. 298 into law in January 2020, establishing a Study Commission to examine the Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) program. The Commission is charged with identifying any barriers, gaps, or deficiencies in the successful operation of TAG and then developing recommendations for improvements to the program to be included in a final report to the Governor and the Legislature in 2021.

The 10 members of the Commission listed below include five individuals appointed by the Governor to represent five sectors of New Jersey higher education (public research universities, State colleges and universities, county colleges, independent colleges and universities, and licensed degree-granting proprietary schools), as well as the executive director of HESAA and four public members appointed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the General Assembly.


Christopher A. Capuano, Ph. D.

President, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Representative of Independent Institutions


Michael Chando

Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Rowan College of South Jersey

Public Member


Joseph Gasparro

Carteret, New Jersey

Public Member


Phoebe Haddon, Esq.

Chancellor Emerita, Rutgers University-Camden, and Professor of Law

Representative of Public Research Universities


Sue Henderson, Ph. D.

President, New Jersey City University

Representative of State Colleges & Universities


Rabbi Aaron Kotler

President, Beth Medrash Govoha

Public Member


Kevin L. Luing

Chairman, Berkeley College

Representative of Degree-Granting Proprietary Institutions


Stephan Lally

Woodbridge, New Jersey

Public Member


Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin

President, Union County College

Representative of County Colleges


David J. Socolow

Executive Director, New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA)