STEM Engagement & Empowerment Center

External Services for Students

Benefits Screening

NJ Helps site offers assistance in determining eligibility for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health insurance (NJ Family Care/Medicaid). To access the screener, click the following link: If you need assistance in the application process, you may schedule an appointment with Cristaly L. Argenal, the STEM Care and Concern Outreach Coordinator.

Family Care and Assistance

The Child Care Assistance Program assists lower income families in affording child care services. Eligible parents/applicants must be either working, in training, in school, or a combination of these areas, must be a New Jersey resident, and meet the income requirement (Department of Human Services Division of Family Development, n.d.). For more information on eligibility, please visit the Child Care NJ site at

The Division of Aging Services (DoAS) assists older adults through a number of federal and state-funded programs related to health care costs and other living expenses. .Eligibility is determined through NJ Save, an online application for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities. For information on the programs accessed through NJ Save and for the application, please visit

Food and Clothing Insecurity

The New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (NJ Snap) assists families with low incomes in purchasing groceries through a benefits card; the eligibility depends on the family’s source of income (Department of Human Services, n.d.). For more information regarding the program, please visit

The Saint Peter’s and Saint Aedan’s Food and Clothes Pantry assists families, community members, and students with food, clothes, and toiletries. The pantry/closet, located out of the garage of Stewardship Hall in the parking lot of 41 Tuers Ave, offers their services on the first and third Saturday and the last Sunday of every month (Campus Ministry, n.d.). To schedule an appointment, please click on the following registration form:

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and infants and children up to age 5 (U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA], n.d.). The grants offer assistance in receiving supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education (USDA, n.d.). For more information on the program as well as the application process, please visit

Health Insurance

The New Jersey Hospital Care Payment Assistance Program (Charity Care) is available to patients at all acute care hospitals throughout New Jersey; eligibility depends on income and asset criteria (New Jersey Department of Health, n.d.). For more information on charity care, please visit

The New Jersey Health Insurance Exchange platform assists individuals in enrolling for health coverage. For the 2022 coverage, open enrollment ends on January 31st; however, individuals may be eligible to enroll outside of the open enrollment period. For more information, please visit

Internet/Wifi Connectivity

Xfinity WiFi Free for Everyone offers hotspots at no additional cost. For instructions on how to connect with a nearby hotspot, visit

Support Centers

The Center for Immigrant Representation is a nonprofit organization, representing clients in the following legal areas: citizenship, lawful permanent residence, removal defense, asylum, SIJS, U VISAS, VAWA, and other humanitarian relief, and document renewals (Center for Immigrant Representation, n.d.). For a more thorough depiction of their services, please visit their website at

Hudson Pride Center is a nonprofit, community-based organization in Jersey City that serves as an advocate and social service provider for both the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities in Hudson County (Hudson Pride, n.d.). For more information on Hudson Pride as well as the services they provide, please visit their website at

Hudson Speaks is a nonprofit sexual assault program that assists individuals of all genders within the ages of 13 and up with services that include a helpline (201.795.5757), 24-hour accompaniments to hospitals, courts, and law enforcements agencies, individual and group counseling, community education, and recruitments and training of confidential advocates (Hudson Speaks, n.d.). For more information about the organization, please view their pamphlet at

WomenRising is a community-based organization for women and families residing in Hudson County. The organization assists their clients through services in the following areas: work, domestic violence, youth and family, permanent supportive housing, health, and legal aid (WomenRising, n.d.). For more information, please visit their website at


In the NJ Transit Student Discount Portal, students can register for monthly transportation passes with a 25% discount off of the regular pricing. Students must be enrolled full-time at the university. For instruction on how to register and information regarding deadlines and contact, please visit