Thirty-five colleges and universities in New Jersey are sharing close to $30 million in federal funding that's meant to address the coronavirus pandemic's impact on postsecondary education.

Most of the funding, $28.5 million, is headed to institutions of higher education that applied for the competitive grant program "Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge."

The new initiative will help schools implement best practices and develop reforms that focus on students who are historically disadvantaged and were among the hardest hit by the pandemic, such as low-income students, working-age adults, and underrepresented minorities, Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Brian Bridges announced Monday.

"Through this critical federal funding, New Jersey is prioritizing students' needs and ensuring our workforce will be ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow's post-pandemic recovery," Bridges said.

"We appreciate that institutions are committing to this challenge and look forward to learning from the innovative best practices implemented, as we strive to meet the state's goal of 65% of residents earning a high-quality credential by 2025."

According to the announcement, institutions will be embarking on projects including expanding dual enrollment programs and implementing free-of-cost bridge programs serving first-generation and Pell-eligible students.

A breakdown of the OMIC grant funding is below, courtesy of the Governor's Office.

The remaining $1 million will target the goals of the Hunger-Free Campus Act signed by Murphy in 2019 that establishes a grant program to address food insecurity among students enrolled at public institutions.

Montclair State University


New Jersey Institute of Technology


Rowan University


Rutgers, Camden


Rutgers, New Brunswick


Rutgers, Newark


Kean University


New Jersey City University


Ramapo College of NJ


Stockton University


The College of New Jersey


Thomas Edison State University


William Paterson University


Atlantic Cape Community College


Bergen Community College


Brookdale Community College


Camden County College


Essex County College


Hudson County Community College


Mercer County Community College


Middlesex College


Passaic County Community College


Raritan Valley Community College


Rowan College at Burlington County


Salem Community College


Union County College


Bloomfield College


Drew University


Fairleigh Dickinson University


Georgian Court University


Rider University


Saint Elizabeth University


Saint Peter's University


Seton Hall University


Stevens Institute of Technology


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