graduation caps flying from a slab of stone into the air.Millennials are leaving New Jersey more frequently than any other generation, and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) supports legislation to find out why.

The bill, S-518 (Kean, R-21, Cunningham, D-31), was approved Thursday by the Senate.

“We invest on average more than $20,000 per pupil per year for K-12 education. When students leave the state for college and never return to pursue a career here, it results in a negative return on investment for New Jersey taxpayers,” said NJBIA Chief Government Affairs Officer Chrissy Buteas. “That in turn impacts businesses’ ability to find the qualified, skilled workers they need.

“We cannot effectively solve this problem until we ascertain empirical evidence to know what is causing New Jersey students to stay or leave for postsecondary education,” Buteas said. “This bill is a first step in the process.”

Under the bill, high school seniors would be surveyed about their plans after graduation. The Secretary of Higher Education would also review academic and socio-economic characteristics between those who chose in-state institutions and those who go out of state. The bill would also require an analysis of the extent to which the outmigration is impacted by the state’s small size and the desire of college students to experience independent living at a distance from their families.

According to NJBIA’s report on millennial outmigration, 1,050,097 millennials migrated out of New Jersey between 2007 and 2016 while 866,506 millennials migrated into the state for a net outmigration of 183,591. High school seniors and young adults (aged 18-24) accounted for 58 percent of the millennial outmigration during the same time span.

“NJBIA believes further analysis of why students are leaving is critical to addressing millennial outmigration moving forward,” Buteas said. “We, along with stakeholders from academia, business and government, will continue to evaluate and recommend additional measures to address the outmigration.”

9 responses to “Understanding Outmigration of High School Graduates”

  1. ROB BOTWIN says:

    Why so difficult? Why spend taxpayer $$ to seek out the obvious?When Rutgers in-state tuition is higher than NY out-of-state tuition, and has the HIGHEST tuition in the nation of State Universities, the answer is as plain as the nose on your face!

    • Stan says:

      NJ has high taxes, high cost of living and NJ government doesn’t fund state schools to the degree other states do. Consequently higher tuitions.

    • Jo says:

      Having sent three children to out of state schools the problem is obvious, professionalism, efficiency, cost and safety. On an open house visit to the college of New Jersey’s business department, the speaker showed up late, in sandals and socks, khakis, his grandfather’s button down sweater, a plaid flannel shirt with his undershirt showing, messy hair, five o’clock shadow and a mug of coffee in his hand.
      Not a very stellar representation of a successful business department. Our visit to the Biology department was similar, unorganized, no student packets on the program only packets on tuition and student aid. On a visit to the University of Delaware’s department of Hotel Restaurant management, the speaker was in a suit with a tie, the panel of student speakers were on the podium in black & white dress attire, the program began and ended according to schedule, detailed packets were available for each prospective student with a visitation schedule, microphones were available for audience questions, chairs for EVERYONE to be seated for the presentation, if a question could not be answered the parent or prospective students name and contact information were taken by student volunteers in the audience and someone contacted questioners withing 48 hours. The same experience was had in the biology department and the education department. All three of my children ended up going to out of state schools. Out of state tuition was cheaper and the campus safer than any of the NJ Schools. Registration, billing and class scheduling were a breeze and records were never lost or incorrectly entered. Online access was also a breeze.
      Someone in the college always answered the phone and issues were resolved in record time.
      One daughter switched to Montclaire for her masters and it was a disaster from the beginning. No one knew what classes needed to be taken, tuition was always messed up, transcripts were lost or incorrectly documented, and it was impossible to get anyone in person or on the phone to help resolve any of these issues. Information was provided to the offices over and over. Professors and guidance counselors were never in their office. Office personnel had no clue what was going on. Hours and days were spent sitting in the registrars office or in a hallway waiting for someone to show up to help resolve issues. My son in law had the same experience and many parents of undergraduates I have spoken with since say that this is the norm in most NJ schools. Until things change NJ schools cannot compete.

  2. Jay says:

    New Jersey gov’t is more about bringing in illegals and coddling them than its own citizens who could make a difference . It starts with a gov’t that should concentrate not on where they could raise even more taxes against its citizens but one that should put its efforts behind its most valuable resource – legitimate college bound students that would be their tax base in the future.

  3. Wayne says:

    NJTAG Financial Aid is Bait & Switch. HESSA withdraws the Aid after they request far more info from parents than an Ivy League Aid application. The funds are probably used for administrators salaries. Other States deliver on the Aid promised at admission.

  4. NJPROUD says:

    Every other state knows that New Jersey educational system K through 12 , is one of the best in the nation.NJ produces the top scholars and athletes in the nation, and other states know it. By way of example , Alabama and Michigan K through 12 public educational systems spends far less and it reflects it, their national average academically is far lower than Nee Jersey. They know it, they sit back and wait for our graduates and offer them free touition, room,board,anything treat them like Kings and Queens and take them. Their politicians spend promote, and never degrade their higher educational to anyone or puplically. By way of example they spend large sums of money on their unversities ie;University of Alabama , Michigan State, University of Michican etc and puplically prmomate them. They spend a fraction of what we spend on K through 12. We spend twice the amount, and they take our best and know exactly what to do. By way of example,, the head coach of Penn State, puplically announced they own New Jersey students . They know exactly what to do. Our past goverment officials drawl over sitting next to the coach of Notre Dame cheering them on publicly or on national TV,or wearing a UD jacket on national TV during a NJ crisis. Our Universities our tax dollars.We will never see that type of behavior from other states leaders doing that to our State Institutions or on national TV. “Always lead by example”. It is We need to treat our graduating scholars and star athletes to feel like Kings and Queens like other states do to our own. We need to do that all the time consistently proving it to them in our puplical school systems K through 12. We are trying to playing catch up, for we have failed for very long time.
    By way of example every time you see the word RUTGERS it should always be advertised “RUTGERS NEW JERSEY.” Advertising on everything uniforms, billboard, etc everything. Tuition for instate students is not that expensive but it should be free for the best we have at all income levels wealthy or poor. New Jerseys politicians and puplic fiqures need to constantly show there pride of our Universities on their backs. That might be a start..

  5. MARK HATTMAN says:

    Typical NJ, spend tax dollars to research a problem that anyone can see easily. Like the previous comments above I agree with the underlying issues causing students to leave the state for higher education, but as a parent, I can add first hand accounts of issues with NJ higher education establishments. The cost of in-state tuitions is much higher for the product you receive, other state schools outside of Nj have better cost-benefit relationships. Granted Nj has a few very highly regarded universities, combine that with the DI Athletes that come from out of state to attend a school in NJ for free, that leaves very few out of state students any reason to come to NJ for college. If you factor in the high tax rates, and high cost of living there is no question why students leave. NJ IS NOT COMETITIVE.

  6. Lisa Hamilton says:

    The first commenter, Rob, hit the nail on the head. It is not worth it for college students to stay in NJ if they can get a better deal out-of-state. Also, typically students who have graduated tend to live in the area of the college that they attended since their friend-base is there already.

  7. Chris says:

    I sent three kids to out of state colleges. The kids simply did not like Rutgers because it has no campus feel, it’s too spread out and they “didn’t feel it on the visit.” They were not enamored with the other NJ schools either. They visited out of state schools and had a better, more welcoming visit and they were able to get scholarships that helped with the cost. NJ colleges are just not that good unless you get into Princeton or like what Seton Hall has to offer (which is pretty good compared to some of our state schools). But the out of state college experience is better in so many ways. NJ is great K-12, maybe the best. But we don’t treasure our own scholars and we don’t invest in our state schools to keep state tuition down. Other states do and they invest in the college experience as well. They are kicking our butts and the kids want to go where they want to go if they get in. All my kids had or are having great experiences at out of state schools and would not trade their education or experience for anything. We made the right choices for our kids. I hope the NJ politicians and the folks that run the NJ colleges get their crap together and make improvements so more NJ kids can stay home.