Menendez, Booker Announce $3.6M in Higher Education Grants for NJ Colleges to Provide Services for Disadvantaged Students

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of a combined $3,606,996 in U.S. Department of Education TRIO Super Student Services (SSS) grants to New Jersey colleges and universities to provide essential services for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Menendez has been a strong advocate for these programs and the positive benefits they have on first generation, low income students seeking to earn college degrees.

“These programs give disadvantaged students access to critical services they need to succeed in school and in life,” said Sen. Menendez. “Investing in our youth through education is money well-spent and will lead to long-term economic growth and stability for the nation.”

“A college education opens doors of opportunity for our youth, and the funding announced today will help more New Jersey students achieve their college dreams,” said Sen. Booker. “Keeping higher education affordable, attainable, and within reach for students of all backgrounds—and ensuring students graduate—will help grow our economy and make New Jersey stronger.”

The following New Jersey institutions received grant awards:

• Rutgers University – New Brunswick $513,812

• Rutgers University – Newark $231,103

• Rutgers University – Camden $220,000

• Saint Peter’s University $220,000

• Rider University $292,340

• New Jersey City University $281,510

• Bloomfield College $247,584

• Georgian Court University $284,754

• Ocean County College $220,000

• Middlesex County College $288,749

• Atlantic Cape Community College $292,340

• Passaic County Community College $231,075

• Cumberland County College $283,729

TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects. Through these grants, students gain access to academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other services, to help achieve a college degree.