February 21, 2019 | Number of The Day
Undocumented students who got NJ financial aid for 2018-2019 academic year

Extending financial aid to undocumented students was one of Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign promises. And last May he signed legislation allowing “dreamers” (undocumented students who were brought to New Jersey as children) to apply for state financial aid, provided they meet certain criteria. Out of 1,209 applicants, 513 were granted aid for the 2018-2019 academic year. “The successes of these first 513 students, who are now attending county colleges, state colleges and universities, and independent institutions around the state, will have a positive impact on countless additional lives,” David J. Socolow, executive director of the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, said. The state aid amounted to $1.625 million.