Menendez, Lautenberg Announce Federal Funds To Prepare New Jersey Students To Succeed In College

Menendez, Lautenberg Announce Federal Funds To Prepare New Jersey Students To Succeed In College

Earlier this year, the senators helped passed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which increases funding for the Upward Bound Program

Washington - Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced that the U.S. Department of Education will award four New Jersey Universities with more than $1 million in federal funds to improve college preparation for underserved students. The Upward Bound program aims to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from higher education institutions.

"With these funds, we are helping throw open the doors to college for New Jersey students who may be underserved but are determined to achieve. Upward Bound is a great investment because it provides training and support to help our youth to complete high school and eventually succeed in college," said Menendez. "In the global economy we live in today, we clearly cannot afford as a nation to neglect our students."

"Every child in New Jersey deserves the chance to go to college," said Lautenberg. "This funding will help provide real opportunities to students in underserved communities in New Jersey. I applaud Upward Bound for their work helping our young people gain the training, motivation and skills they need to be successful in college and throughout their lives."

The universities to be awarded these grants are:

Georgian Court University: $250,000

Kean University: $276,600

New Jersey Institute of Technology: $250,000

Rowan University: $244,028

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