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TESU Salutes RNs By Reducing Tuition

Faith Terrell, RN-BSN ’22

Faith Terrell, RN-BSN ’22, volunteers during a Dec. 4 COVID-19 community vaccination event at the Trenton Fire Department on Perry St.

Thomas Edison State University announced the launch of its Salute to RNs Tuition Program today to thank students who remain dedicated to keeping our communities healthy as they seek  a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) degree.

As part of the campaign, University leadership worked with its Board of Trustees to reduce tuition for all W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions’ in- and out-of-state nursing students who enroll in the RN-BSN program’s courses this year. This will reduce tuition rates to $311 per credit for students in the program.

Dr. Merodie A. Hancock, president of Thomas Edison State University, said, “TESU is always working to create pathways that support our adult students. From our accelerated terms and flexible start dates to the career relevancy of our programs, we want to meet our students where they are. We were committed to identifying an opportunity to reduce tuition costs for one of the most deserving segments of our student population. We are proud to provide this opportunity for hundreds of students who can take advantage of the revised tuition structure at this highly competitive rate.”

The reduction in tuition is an advantage for nurses interested in rounding out their education with a pivotal credential in the field.

“An obstacle to degree completion for adult learners is most often a financial one. As a consequence, the Board was pleased to support the Salute to RNs Tuition Program structure,” said Lydia Stockman, RN, MHA, FACHE, chief administrative officer for Inspira Medical Centers Mullica Hill and Woodbury, N.J., and member of the TESU Board of Trustees. “As a nurse myself, I join the University in a desire to help these students expand their expertise and advance in a field that urgently needs them.”

In its continuing commitment to shepherding RNs to graduation, TESU is keeping the new tuition program in place for 48 months as long as students register for at least 12 credits per year.

“We know that our BSN students have competing responsibilities and have been working tirelessly in keeping our communities healthy,” noted Dr. Cynthia Baum, provost and senior vice president at TESU. “RNs value their education, and we know there is a positive correlation between patient outcomes and continuing education. Offering this program reinforces our commitment to their academic success.”

Registration for RN-BSN program courses is open now through June 24. To learn more, visit

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