St. Peter’s University, New Jersey City University, and Hudson County Community College combined for $3,186,480 in federal funds to support Hispanic Serving Institutions.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The U.S. Department of Education gave a total of $6,559,034 to support six Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) across New Jersey. There are 539 non-profit HSIs across the country and 20 in the Garden State.
“Hispanic-Serving Institutions play a critical role in ensuring students with limited resources have the opportunity to receive a higher education, contribute to their communities and local economy, and make a difference in the world,” U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said in a statement.
“I attended one of New Jersey’s HSIs and I know the positive impact they can have on Latino students trying to get a good education and achieve their dreams. I’m proud to announce this important funding to support the important role of each one of these institutions.”
HSIs are defined as degree-granting institutions where the number of Hispanic students enrolled is at least 25% of total enrollment. HSIs are located in 28 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, with emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions located in 38 states and Puerto Rico.
“As New Jersey students return to classrooms, it is vital that we provide them with the robust support they need to overcome the learning loss and challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,” added U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).
“These federal grants will allow our state’s colleges and universities to enhance programs offered to Hispanic and underserved students, helping these students thrive in their college and future careers.”
St. Peter’s received $1,590,941, NJCU netted $1,000,000, and HCCC was granted $595,539.