N.J. gave 749 undocumented immigrants cash for school. Right here’s the place they enrolled.


When New Jersey debuted a brand new program final 12 months offering college aid to immigrants living in the country illegally, it was unclear what number of undocumented college students would join.

After a 12 months, advocates and state official say this system has been successful.

Throughout the 2018-2019 tutorial 12 months, 749 undocumented college students have been awarded $three.eight million in state monetary assist to attend New Jersey schools, in keeping with new statistics launched by the state Larger Training Pupil Help Authority.

The so-called “Dreamers” — college students delivered to the U.S. illegally as youngsters — had beforehand been permitted to attend New Jersey state schools paying in-state tuition. However they have been forbidden to use for state-funded monetary assist packages.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law last year opening up state financial aid programs to undocumented immigrants, providing them the identical state grants, scholarships and different assist utilized by U.S. residents dwelling in New Jersey.

On the time, Murphy brushed aside criticism from Republican lawmakers who argued taxpayers shouldn’t be funding the faculty schooling of immigrants dwelling within the nation illegally.

“I’d even invite any of these of us who’ve that angle, starting with our president, to come back on into this room and permit me or any of us to say, ‘That is america of America,’” Murphy mentioned on the Could 2018 invoice signing ceremony at Rutgers-Newark stuffed with “Dreamer” college students.

Latest highschool graduates and new college students starting faculty have until Sept. 15 to apply for the aid using New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application, which is designed for undocumented immigrants.

There isn’t a cap on what number of undocumented college students can obtained assist. The state Legislature initially projected the brand new legislation would give assist to about 600 college students at a price of $5 million a 12 months.

Undocumented college students stay ineligible for federally-funded monetary assist packages, together with Pell Grants and federally-backed scholar loans.

The 749 undocumented college students who obtained New Jersey-funded faculty assist throughout the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters enrolled in private and non-private schools across the state.

Listed here are the colleges they attended, ranked by the quantity of monetary assist awarded to undocumented college students:

(Notice: The variety of awards listed is just not the variety of undocumented college students attending every faculty. Some undocumented college students obtained a number of monetary assist awards every semester from state monetary assist packages, together with Tuition Help Grants, NJ STARS scholarships, Training Alternative Fund grants and County Faculty Alternative Grants.)

1. Rutgers College

Quantity awarded: $1,346,974

Variety of awards: 328

2. New Jersey Institute of Know-how

Quantity awarded: $273,610

Variety of awards: 59

three. Saint Peter’s College

Quantity awarded: $271,671

Variety of awards: 45

four. Montclair State College

Quantity awarded: $206,850

Variety of awards: 63

5. Bergen Neighborhood Faculty

Quantity awarded: $135,532

Variety of awards: 111

6. Passaic County Neighborhood Faculty

Quantity awarded: $127,869

Variety of awards: 117

7. New Jersey Metropolis College

Quantity awarded: $125,888

Variety of awards: 42

eight. Bloomfield Faculty

Quantity awarded: $123,866

Variety of awards: 21

9. Essex County Faculty

Quantity awarded: $104,710

Variety of awards: 99

10. Union County Faculty

Quantity awarded: $87,zero59

Variety of awards: 69

11. Rowan College

Quantity awarded: $74,771

Variety of awards: 24

12. Kean College

Quantity awarded: $74,648

Variety of awards: 26

13. William Paterson College

Quantity awarded: $62,360

Variety of awards: 20

14. Raritan Valley Neighborhood Faculty

Quantity awarded: $60,051

Variety of awards: 57

15. Seton Corridor College

Quantity awarded: $58,337

Variety of awards: 13

16. Berkeley Faculty

Quantity awarded: $56,435

Variety of awards: 11

17. Hudson County Neighborhood Faculty

Quantity awarded: $53,804

Variety of awards: 47

18. Brookdale Neighborhood Faculty

Quantity awarded: $50,899

Variety of awards: 43

19. Fairleigh Dickinson College-Metropolitan campus

Quantity awarded: $48,462

Variety of awards: eight

20. County Faculty of Morris

Quantity awarded: $44,824

Variety of awards: 38

21. Atlantic Cape Neighborhood Faculty

Quantity awarded: $43,959

Variety of awards: 48

22. Faculty of New Jersey

Quantity awarded: $40,845

Variety of awards: 10

23. Middlesex County Faculty

Quantity awarded: $40,796

Variety of awards: 39

24. Felician College

Quantity awarded: $39,933

Variety of awards: 9

25. Caldwell College

Quantity awarded: $38,814

Variety of awards: 6

26. Georgian County College

Quantity awarded: $35,799

Variety of awards: 6

27. Rider College

Quantity awarded: $31,540

Variety of awards: 6

28. Camden County Faculty

Quantity awarded: $31,425

Variety of awards: 29

29. Ocean County Faculty

Quantity awarded: $30,723

Variety of awards: 31

30. Fairleigh Dickinson College- Florham campus

Quantity awarded: $30,700

Variety of awards: 5

31. Mercer County Neighborhood Faculty

Quantity awarded: $30,205

Variety of awards: 28

32. Cumberland County Faculty

Quantity awarded: $29,922

Variety of awards: 31

33. Stockton College

Quantity awarded: $14,586

Variety of awards: 6

34. Faculty of Saint Elizabeth

Quantity awarded: $12,938

Variety of awards: 2

35. Ramapo Faculty

Quantity awarded: $11,895

Variety of awards: four

36. Warren County Neighborhood Faculty

Quantity awarded: $10,996

Variety of awards: 14

37. Monmouth College

Quantity awarded: $10,970

Variety of awards: 2

38. Rowan Faculty at Burlington County

Quantity awarded: $10,681

Variety of awards: 13

39. Eastwick Faculty- Hackensack

Quantity awarded: $three,650

Variety of awards: 1

40. Rowan Faculty at Gloucester County

Quantity awarded: $2,907

Variety of awards: three

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