New Jersey is virtually assured of receiving $268 million in federal education jobs funds now that education officials have applied.
The state met Thursday's deadline to apply for the funds Congress approved last month.
The money likely would have come to New Jersey anyway, but with federal officials controlling how it's distributed to public school districts.
State Education spokesman Alan Guenther says New Jersey will follow its own school funding formula to distribute the money once the application is approved.
The funds cover a portion of the $820 million Gov. Chris Christie cut from the state's education budget.
New Jersey recently lost out on a $400 million education grant, possibly because of an error on the application.