TLS EXCLUSIVE: Agudah NJ Director Rabbi Avi Schnall Announces Historic Educational Grant Program [VIDEO]

Agudah announced today a first-of-its-kind Educational Assistance Program for Lakewood, NJ residents.

The Educational Assistance Program (EAP) is a grant for educational costs available to Lakewood residents who have been adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and meet income eligibility requirements.

This grant is the first of its kind in the State of New Jersey, in which government funding will be available for private school tuition, amongst other educational uses. The grant is sponsored by the Lakewood Township through the American Rescue Plan of 2021, and being administered through the New Jersey office of Agudath Israel.

The grant is available to Lakewood residents who were financially adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, demonstrable by a lower adjusted gross income for 2020 than for 2019, and whose 2020 income was lower than $198,000 for a married couple (or $99,000 for an individual). The eligibility limit is raised $10,000 for every qualifying dependent. (Thus, a jointly filing couple with five dependents will be eligible if their income does not exceed $248,000.00). Grants will be a minimum of $2,500 and will be sent directly to families. Lakewood residents can apply for the grant Applicants will be asked to fill out information and submit a copy of the 2019 and 202 Tax Return as well as an outstanding educational bill (e.g. private school tuition, tutoring expenses etc.) If the number of applicants exceeds available funds, a lottery will be employed to determine winners.

For those without internet access, the Agudah has set up self-serve laptops at its suite at 930-B E County Line Rd in Lakewood NJ, 08701 for applicants to submit applications. The office will be open from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday to Thursday, and 10 AM to 2 PM on Fridays. If you need different hours, please call the NJ office at 732-806-9019 to arrange an accommodation.

Any questions regarding the grant can be emailed to, or by calling the Agudah office at 732-806-9019 and leaving a detailed message.


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There are 28 Comments to "TLS EXCLUSIVE: Agudah NJ Director Rabbi Avi Schnall Announces Historic Educational Grant Program [VIDEO]"

  • Chaim says:

    Keep up the great work!

  • Now in jackson says:

    Happy for my lakewood peers, of course.

    Two questions: what about jackson, Toms River residents?

    What about those whose magi was 0 in 2019, as well as 2020?

  • Tz says:

    Thank you agudah for all your help!!

  • David says:

    Does unemployment money count as income?

  • what's the point? says:

    Such a dumb idea. Watch the schools all raise tuition now, so that in a year or two we’ll be paying the same tuition, and they’ll just rake in more $$$.

  • Moshe says:

    Great news.
    How much less Then 2019 does your income have to be in 2020?

  • Let’s clarify says:

    What if one lives in Toms River but children attend a Lakewood school?

  • anonymous says:

    so if you have an income of 248,000 and 5 children in 2020 and you made 249,000 + in 2019 you are eligible… but if you made 100,000 in 2019 and 2020 with 7 children you aren’t eligible… sounds great. this won’t help the STRUGGLING middle class.

  • askan4trouble says:

    So you had to have made less total income income in 2020 vs. 2019? Can’t look at months etc.- like the eidl grants? If unemployment doesn’t count that will be another huge windfall for all those that stayed home..

  • JS says:

    This is a Chutzpa. Its either you give all or none. Its enough with the income limits.

  • um... says:

    How does living in Toms River = living in Lakewood?

  • askan4trouble says:

    All I can say is the BIGGEST MISTAKE that I worked in 2020! Between unemployment, EIDL Grant, Rental Assistance, Max food stamps, Utility Assistance, CAN WE PLEASE STOP REWARDING PEOPLE THAT STAYED HOME TO collect unemployment! How about rewarding the people that made the extra effort to continue working during covid even though they could have easily sat on their couch and collected unemployment…

  • Joseph says:

    Sounds like at this point its only for lakewood residents, and they’re looking to expand it to nearby towns.

  • Private says:

    Who will have access to those Tax returns?

  • tuition says:

    What If I am paid up on tuition??

  • LuckshinKugel says:

    Does unemployment count towards gross income?

  • Yaakov says:

    Lakewood received $27,330,871.98 from the 2021 American Rescue Plan. How much of this $27 million has the township chosen to make available for this grant program?

  • Shai says:

    Why are you wearing a tie?? So informal!

  • Anonymous says:

    Who is getting access to all this personal information? Will it remain confidential? There are social security numbers on tax returns.

  • sounds so confusing, is there an app? says:


  • Mike says:

    This is Lakewood twp funds being given back to Lakewood twp taxpayers. If you pay taxes to Toms River or Jackson you are free to ask them to do the same. Why would a non Lakewood taxpayer deserve any of this?

  • Eli says:

    The Agudah should be concentrated on one thing. The tuition crisis!!!!! Families can’t afford 50-100k a year. We pay record property taxes! Public school students cost between 30-40k a year. At minimum tuition should be tax deductible and we should be getting grants back.

  • Eli k says:

    So basically the ones that can show cash income can show a decline will get the money. Not the middle
    Class that needs it. And a raffle ?!! Don’t worry we will. Pay back the government with more taxes

  • Mike says:

    This is Cares funds. It has to address loss of income during Covid . It’s not made just to help people with tuition expenses. The twp didn’t get the money for that . They got it as a Cares Covid Grant. Be thankful they figured out a creative way to help at least some people.

  • Yaakov says:

    Just to be clear with the numbers here, if Agudah gave $2500 to 5,000 local families, it will have used 12.5 million of the 27.3 million that Lakewood received in Covid funds.
    Is that a reasonable expectation to expect, that a significant amount of families will see some relief?

  • Lion says:

    Thank you agudah as always going above and beyond for the community