NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers is in line to get the lion’s share of the $150 million or so in federal aid earmarked for the state’s public and private colleges and universities – most of whom have suffered deep financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Phil Murphy and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education will be sending Rutgers-New Brunswick a check for $29,142,450 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds.

The application is available for eligible institutions to receive federal Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) from the state which can be used for costs such as those related to cleaning and disinfecting supplies, the transition to online learning and support for testing, among other eligible costs.

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"The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted countless communities throughout the state, and the higher education community is no exception,” said Governor Murphy. "Today's announcement will provide necessary funds to assist our students and institutions as they manage economic hardships for the upcoming school year.”

The aid comes at a time when Rutgers is struggling to reconcile an estimated $160 million shortfall for the 2020-21 fiscal year, a number used by President Jonathan Holloway last month.

The school has instituted a tuition freeze and has cut student fees by 15% in response to the pandemic’s effect on Rutgers-New Brunswick’s thousands of students.

“This unprecedented public health emergency has significantly impacted the higher education community in an incredibly unpredictable and rapidly-changing way. Through various federal funding streams, we continue supporting institutions as they navigate this uncertain time,” said Interim Secretary of Higher Education Diana Gonzalez. “We remain committed to regularly working with stakeholders to assess the financial impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic continues posing and advocating for additional federal funding.”

Rutgers-Camden is scheduled to get $4,959,838 and Rutgers-Newark will receive $9,896,895, the Murphy administration announced today.

Here is the breakdown of the CARES Act funds:

Kean University, $11,195,096

Montclair State University, $15,110,641

New Jersey City University, $6,930,105

New Jersey Institute of Technology, $7,247,949

Ramapo College of New Jersey, $3,670,089

Rowan University, $12,132,828

Rutgers University-Camden, $4,959,838

Rutgers University-New Brunswick (Funds can be used to support New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station),  $29,142,450

Rutgers University-Newark, $9,896,895

Stockton University,  $6,445,806

The College of New Jersey, $4,298,429

Thomas Edison State University, $7,679,703

William Paterson University of New Jersey, $8,040,171

Total Senior Publics: $126,750,000


Atlantic Cape Community College,  $856,855

Bergen Community College, $1,925,709

Brookdale Community College, $1,603,050

Camden County College, $1,722,964

County College of Morris, $1,005,724

Essex County College, $1,450,611

Hudson County Community College, $1,622,947

Mercer County Community College, $1,144,478

Middlesex County College, $1,802,357

Ocean County College, $1,297,908

Passaic County Community College, $1,363,088

Raritan Valley Community College, $1,105,014

Rowan College at Burlington County, $1,406,784

Rowan College of South Jersey, $1,455,239

Salem Community College, $154,025

Sussex County Community College, $318,891

Union County College, $1,690,705

Warren County Community College, $323,651

Total Community Colleges, $22,250,000


Bloomfield College, $45,468

Caldwell University, $41,948

Centenary University, $31,652

Drew University, $36,851

Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Campus, $57,047

Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus, $146,315

Felician University, $45,713

Georgian Court University, $41,806

Monmouth University, $95,179

Pillar College, $15,098

Princeton University, $0*

Rider University, $81,638

Saint Elizabeth University, $24,408

Saint Peter's University, $80,437

Seton Hall University, $162,512

Stevens Institute of Technology, $93,928

Total Independent Non-Profit Colleges, $1,000,000

*Princeton University requested its allocation be redistributed to other institutions facing greater financial need