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TESU/NJ 3+1 Pathways Program

Thomas Edison State University (TESU) has partnered with New Jersey Community Colleges to offer you an affordable and accelerated path to earn your bachelor’s degree!

TESU/NJ 3+1 Pathways Program Benefits

  • Guaranteed Admissions for NJ Community College Graduates

  • No Application Fee

  • Earn up to 90 credits at your NJ Community College and finish your bachelor’s degree at TESU

  • Transfer your AA, AS and AAS degree

  • Choose from 50+ undergraduate programs

  • Personal one-on-one advising services from TESU

  • TESU courses completed online with 24/7 web services

This program, on average, can save you more than $15,000 in tuition costs and accelerate completion of your bachelor’s degree progress.

Program Details

Thomas Edison State University (TESU) has teamed up with all 18 New Jersey community colleges to offer you the opportunity to transfer in up to 90 community college credits and complete your bachelor’s degree online in more than 50 programs of study.

At TESU, you can complete your 4th and final year (30 credits) through TESU’s completely online courses, challenge courses through prior learning assessment (PLA), and transfer in previously earned credits from other regionally accredited institutions. TESU terms begin every month and courses typically run for 12 weeks.

In addition, TESU is providing an automatic application fee waiver and guaranteed admission to TESU for all New Jersey community college graduates as well as locking our students into a TESU catalog year, at the time of application, which will afford them up to three years to complete the remaining 30 credits at a New Jersey community college.

This program, on average, can save you more than $15,000 in tuition costs and accelerate completion of your bachelor’s degree progress. What’s more, if you are using financial aid, the new partnership between New Jersey community colleges and TESU has you covered through our joint financial aid agreement, allowing you to continue using your financial aid toward the program.

Apply to the TESU/NJ 3+1 Pathways Program

Application Instructions: To ensure you are applying as part of TESU/NJ 3+1 Pathways Program, you will be asked to identify your partner affiliation. Step five of the application will ask, "If you are affiliated with one of the partners below, please select it from the list below" Select "TESU/NJ 3+1 Pathways Program" from the drop down menu. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at (609) 777-5680 or email us at

Average Bachelor's Degree CostCost

Baccalaureate Degree Cost Estimate (NJCC + TESU):

  • The average per-credit rate for New Jersey community colleges (2017-2018) was $130.

  • TESU’s per-credit rate for in-state students is $419
      90 Credits x $130 = $11,705
      30 Credits x $419 = $12,330
      Total = $24,035

For eligible students, TESU has arranged for your community college to issue you financial aid through the TESU/NJ 3+1 Pathways Program. Please contact your community college for more details.

Contact Us

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Call us at (609) 777-5680.

Degree Program Profile Sheet

TESU/NJ 3+1 Pathways ProgramDownload our program program sheet for an overview of the TESU/NJ 3+1 Pathways Program.

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