College Credit Information


The American Legion Jersey Boys State program is not only recognized by service academies, private universities, and state colleges as an honor for our alumni, in January 2016 after many years, the NJ State Legislature and NJ Governor signed Bill S489 into law, allowing NJ colleges to grant college credit to alumni of the Jersey Boys State program.

Click to read our news article announcing this law from January 2016.
Click here to read the full text of Bill S489.
Click here to see our press release announcing the passage of the bill.

Links on this page:
Rider University Program (2019 and beyond)
Information for 2019 alumni enrolled in POL200
Information for Alumni of the 2017 and 2018 sessions
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New for 2019 participants & beyond - Rider University

Rider University Agrees to Grant College Credit to ALJBS Delegates!
Good News! Through a recent agreement between The American Legion Jersey Boys State and Rider University, Rider's Institute for New Jersey Politics will grant three (3) semester hours of college credit to those who successfully complete the American Legion Jersey Boys State program and fulfill certain other requirements. This agreement is effective with the 2019 session of ALJBS and is in response to New Jersey PL 2015, C221 that was signed by then Governor Chris Christie in January 2016.

Post-Session Note: Individual test scores will be provided to Rider University in mid-July. There are no intentions of providing individual scores to the students/statesmen, they should proceed with the essay portion of the course.

The core of this agreement requires those delegates who wish to take advantage of the college credit program to enroll in Rider University's course entitled: "POL 200, New Jersey Politics and Government." Enrollment in this course is strictly for ALJBS delegates and carries certain requirements that have to be met before credit will be granted. The majority of the course requirements is satisfied through the various readings and activities during the ALJBS session itself. You must complete all aspects of ALJBS and attain at least a "B" on the ALJBS final exam. Additionally, you will be required to submit a final paper (memo) that outlines your experience at ALJBS.


Applying for ALJBS College Credit

To apply for admission to Rider's POL 200 course, and to learn more about the requirements for credit, click here "Application for ALJBS Credit" and follow the instructions provided.

The POL 200 course is only open to ALJBS delegates in the current year. Once the course registration is closed on June 30th, you will not be able to register for POL 200 in any future class term. So, it's critical that you complete the course registration by June 30th and submit your paper by July 31st. Failing to do so will make you ineligible to receive college credit from Rider University for your ALJBS completion.

Special Consideration for Economically Challenged Delegates

Delegates and families who are economically challenged and are currently receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and/or the National School Lunch Program, and who cannot afford the $175.00 tuition for the POL 200 course, may request scholarship consideration from the ALJBS. Click here "Help with POL 200 Tuition" to apply for help with the POL 200 tuition, and follow the instructions provided.

Why Take Advantage of the ALJBS/Rider University College Credit Program?

There are a number of reasons why you should take advantage of the ALJBS/Rider University College Credit Program, including:
  1. Portability: Since "POL 200, New Jersey Politics and Government", is an accredited course through Rider University, the credit provided is transferrable and may be accepted by many more colleges and universities, though no guarantees that a college will accept the transcript credits can be made.
  2. Course Cost Savings: Today, the average cost per three semester hour college course is between $2,500 and $3,000. At $175.00 for POL 200, that is a savings of $2,325 to $2,825 or more, depending on the college/university that the Statesman choose to attend. For many, that is a significant savings.

For ALJBS Alumni of 2017, 2018

For ALJBS Alumni of the 2017 and 2018 programs, the Rider University program is not available to you; however, due to the work of our ALJBS Dean of Education, there does exist a number of NJ colleges & universities that have elected to grant up to 3 college credits. They include (College / Credit hours):
- Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) - 3
- Stockton University - 3
- Monmouth University - 3
- Rowan University - 1
- Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) - 1

Others schools have professed an interest in our request and have signaled that they may be amenable to providing credit. The DOE has been in contact with these schools and will continue following up. Sadly, this has been a long, arduous process because decisions on issues such as this are made by committees appointed by the college or university. We are, however, optimistic that many New Jersey Schools will eventually grant credit.

In the meantime, we have received a number of inquiries from ALJBS graduates who have enrolled or are enrolling in out-of-state schools. Unfortunately, NJ PL 221, c2015 only covers New Jersey schools. The DOE has advised these graduates to contact the registrar or provost at their college or university to ask if they would grant credit for ALJBS participation.

History

During the 2014 legislative session, the New Jersey State Senate introduced Senate Bill 489 which encouraged both state and independent institutions in the State of New Jersey to grant up to three credit hours to graduates of American Legion Jersey Boys State and Jersey Girls State. The 216th Legislature passed the bill and sent it to the Governor for his signature. On January 19, 2016, Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, signed into law NJ PL 221, c2015.
In 2017, American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS) contacted the State Department of Higher Learning requesting an update on the law's implementation and was told that ALJBS was responsible for taking the appropriate action. Subsequently, during the fall of 2017, The ALJBS Dean of Education (DOE) began the process by contacting The College of New Jersey requesting that they consider providing our graduates who matriculated there credit for ALJBS attendance. In late 2017, they denied our request. In February 2018, The DOE sent additional packages to fourteen state and private colleges and universities in New Jersey requesting the appropriate credit. To date, three schools have agreed to furnish 3 credit hours of credit, in either political science or general studies, to those ALJBS graduates who matriculate at their schools. Please see the options listed above.

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