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NJ Higher Ed Sector Gets $30M in Pandemic Relief for ‘Systemic Reform’

Today, Gov. Phil Murphy and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education announced the distribution of $30 million in additional federal support for New Jersey’s higher education sector.

According to Murphy, the bulk of the money, about $28.5 million, will go to 35 colleges and universities in support of the Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge. 

Through this competitive grant program, institutions will use their grant awards to implement best administrative practices for college-wide reforms to address barriers to student access caused by the pandemic, as well as develop sustainable systemic reforms to address vulnerabilities laid bare by the crisis.

“These reforms and practices will be focused on those students who are most impacted by COVID-19 and who would also be at greater risk in a future emergency, such as students from historically underrepresented communities, low-income households, and working age adults looking to get back to school for new skills to change careers,” Murphy said.

Additionally, he added that $1 million in funding will be distributed to eleven schools to support their efforts to address food insecurity and hunger among their students. This will be done through the Hunger Free Campus Act, which the governor signed into law two years ago.

“Through this funding, coupled with our historic investments in higher education through our FY2022 budget, we remain committed to ensuring that students have equitable and affordable access to quality post-secondary education now and in the future,” said New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Brian Bridges.

A breakdown of the $28.5 million in Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge grant award allocations by institution is as follows:
Institution
Allocation
Montclair State University
$1,310,500.00
New Jersey Institute of Technology
$1,401,884.96
Rowan University
$1,499,993.00
Rutgers, Camden
$875,520.00
Rutgers, New Brunswick
$638,102.02
Rutgers, Newark
$1,500,000.00
Kean University
$832,566.00
New Jersey City University
$498,344.00
Ramapo College of NJ
$283,000.00
Stockton University
$662,280.00
The College of New Jersey
$1,000,000.00
Thomas Edison State University
$483,496.00
William Paterson University
$1,488,000.00
Atlantic Cape Community College
$414,297.00
Bergen Community College
$562,492.42
Brookdale Community College
$374,460.02
Camden County College
$814,193.78
Essex County College
$1,000,000.00
Hudson County Community College
$499,983.00
Mercer County Community College
$1,000,000.00
Middlesex College
$542,000.00
Passaic County Community College
$1,000,000.00
Raritan Valley Community College
$983,118.50
Rowan College at Burlington County
$1,000,000.00
Salem Community College
$398,100.00
Union County College
$998,800.00
Bloomfield College
$500,000.00
Drew University
$500,000.00
Fairleigh Dickinson University
$1,395,777.00
Georgian Court University
$200,000.00
Rider University
$500,000.00
Saint Elizabeth University
$498,860.00
Saint Peter’s University
$500,000.00
Seton Hall University
$1,495,190.00
Stevens Institute of Technology
$849,042.30
Total
$28,500,000.00
A breakdown of the Hunger-Free grant award allocations by institution is as follows:
Institution
Allocation
Montclair State University
$100,000.00
Rowan University
$100,000.00
Rutgers, New Brunswick
$99,647.00
Rutgers, Newark
$100,000.00
Kean University
$56,200.00
Stockton University
$80,038.94
The College of New Jersey
$99,082.99
Camden County College
$100,000.00
Mercer County Community College
$99,833.90
Middlesex College
$100,000.00
Ocean County College
$79,317.56
Total
$1,014,120.39

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