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.

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. They include:

- Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC)
- Monmouth University
- Stockton University

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.

For any other information, please contact our Dean of Education and staff by clicking here.