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President’s Post #98: Ramapo College’s Affordability

Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends:

In recent weeks, there have been two prominent regional articles focused on student debt and affordability among New Jersey Colleges. Please note the links below:

NJ Spotlight: NJ COLLEGES WHERE STUDENTS PILE ON THE MOST DEBT

The Record: N.J. CLASS OF 2015 OWES AN AVERAGE OF $30,536 IN STUDENT LOAN DEBT

In light of the content in the articles, as well as additional data that was recently compiled by Ramapo’s Office of Financial Aid, I am sharing with you, in brief, where Ramapo stands with respect to the metrics of affordability mentioned in the articles, as well as national and state data as it relates to the ability of our graduates to repay their debt.

In short, the key takeaways of this data are that, as members of Ramapo College, we have a compelling story to tell regarding our affordability:

  • Among the NJ senior public colleges, Ramapo is tied with Rutgers-Newark for having the lowest percentage of students graduating with debt.
  • Ramapo’s default rate is well below the national average default rate.
  • Ramapo’s default rate is ½ the average default rate of all of New Jersey’s higher education institutions (public and private).
  • Ramapo’s default rate is well below the average default rate of New Jersey’s public higher education institutions.

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Peter Philip Mercer, L.L.B., Ph.D.
President
Phone: (201) 684-7607
E-mail: president@ramapo.edu

Beth E. Barnett, Ed.D.
Provost/ Vice President for Academic Affairs
Phone: (201) 684-7529
E-mail: bbarnett@ramapo.edu

Cathleen Davey, M.A.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Executive Director of the Ramapo Foundation
Phone: (201) 684-7611
E-mail: cdavey@ramapo.edu

Christopher Romano, Ed.M
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Phone: (201) 684-7309
E-mail: cromano@ramapo.edu

Michael A. Tripodi, Esq.
Vice President & General Counsel
Phone: (201) 684-6975
Email: mtripodi@ramapo.edu

Kirsten DaSilva
Vice President of Administration and Finance
Phone: (201) 684-7621
E-mail: kdasilv1@ramapo.edu

Brittany A. Williams-Goldstein, M.S.Ed.
Chief of Staff & Board Liaison
Phone: (201) 684-7609
E-mail: bwillia1@ramapo.edu

President's Office Staff (Details)

 

Amanda Allen, ASB016
Legal and Compliance Temporary Assistant
Phone: (201) 684-7540; E-mail: aallen3@ramapo.edu
http://www.ramapo.edu/affirmaction/

Patricia Chavez, M-208
Director of Internal Audit and Custodian of Public Records
Phone: (201) 684-7622; E-mail: pchavez@ramapo.edu

Marie Ciampi, M-215
Secretarial Assistant
Phone: (201) 684-7537
E-mail: mciampi@ramapo.edu

Anna Farneski, M-209
Assistant Vice President, Government Relations
Phone: (201) 684-6844
E-mail: afarnesk@ramapo.edu

Sara Gazzillo, M-202
Executive Assistant to the President
Phone: (201) 684-7610
E-mail: sgazzill@ramapo.edu

Kat McGee, ASB017
Director of Affirmative Action and Workplace Compliance, Title IX Coordinator
Phone: (201) 684-7136
E-mail: kmcgee@ramapo.edu  http://www.ramapo.edu/affirmaction/

Stephanie A. Scheeler, CMP, M202A
Event Planner, Presidential Facilities and Special Events
Phone: (201) 684-7850
E-mail: sscheele@ramapo.edu    http://www.ramapo.edu/president/special-events/

Michael A. Tripodi, Esq., M206
Vice President & General Counsel; Temporary Custodian of Public Records
Phone: (201) 684-6975
Email: mtripodi@ramapo.edu

Brittany A. Williams-Goldstein, M202
Chief of Staff & Board Liaison
Phone: (201) 684-7609
E-mail: bwillia1@ramapo.edu  http://www.ramapo.edu/board

John Woods, Lodge 122
College Ombudsperson
Phone: (201) 684-7804
E-mail: jwoods1@ramapo.edu   http://www.ramapo.edu/ombuds/