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“It was such a huge relief to my parents for me to be enrolled in the Bridging the Gap program. It was very important that I get a good education while not taking out huge student loans and putting my parents or myself in debt.”
Sierra Neal
Psychology
Rutgers University–Camden

Sierra's Story

Sierra Neal said Rutgers University–Camden’s Bridging the Gap program, which helps New Jersey residents reduce the cost of tuition up to 100 percent, gave her peace of mind for the future. “It was such a huge relief to my parents for me to be enrolled in this program. It was very important that I get a good education while not taking out huge student loans and putting my parents or myself in debt.”

She said the impact on her family is immense. “My older brother is already in college, so it was a bit difficult for my parents to put both of us through school. I am really happy with my decision and I plan on staying here for all four years. Bridging the Gap has definitely helped me enjoy the most out of my college experience by not stressing about how I was going to afford to pay for school. I made the smartest decision by attending Rutgers–Camden.”

Opportunities on Campus

Neal, a first-year psychology major, said Rutgers–Camden has much to offer. “There are so many programs to get involved in and many ways to land jobs and internships. Our location close to Philadelphia opens the gate to getting many jobs and internships.”

She said students also benefit from the opportunity to do research with professors. “Rutgers–Camden focuses on research, so many majors can participate in doing research with their professors and have the chance to get experience and put it on their resumes.”

Activities Abound

Neal serves as a Raptor Ambassador, a group of students who give campus tours, and is a member of the Psychology Club, which she says is helping her to form career plans. “The club hosts guest speakers, study sessions, fundraisers, and discussions on the benefits of our major, as well as other cool events.”