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“Bridging the Gap is definitely keeping me in school. If I hadn’t participated in this program, I could drown in student loans.””
Earl Chavez
Nursing
Rutgers University–Camden

Earl's Story

Rutgers–Camden’s Bridging the Gap program that helps students from New Jersey reduce their tuition by up to 100 percent is supporting Earl Chavez’s dream of becoming an emergency room nurse. “Bridging the Gap is definitely keeping me in school. If I hadn’t participated in this program, I could drown in student loans.”

Chavez, a first-year student who graduated from Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, N.J., wants to follow in the footsteps of his late father who worked as a nurse in emergency rooms. Chavez said Bridging the Gap has helped to focus on his studies and not worry about how to pay for college. “The program definitely takes a lot of financial stress away from me and my mom.”

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Chavez appreciates the easy-to-manage scale of the Rutgers–Camden campus. “Even though it doesn't sound like something the typical college kid would want, I think that a small campus is a lot better than a huge campus. You don't have to walk too far from class to class.”

He said the size of the university allows students to build closer relationships with faculty members. “Everyone knows everyone, and classes are smaller. You can actually get to know your professors—and they get to know you.”