SNOOKI banked $32,000 for speaking at Rutgers University last Thursday.  She hosted an event called "Inside the Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi Studio," in which she talked about "Jersey Shore", and advised the students to "study hard, but party harder."

That's two-grand more than the $30,000 the University will pay Nobel prize-winning author TONI MORRISON to speak at their commencement ceremony next month.

In response, Rutgers pointed out that the school didn't pay Snooki, a student-run organization did.  They added, quote, "No state funds or tuition money are used for these events.

"The university does not censor the speakers students choose to invite to campus."

(They can say whatever they want . . . you just KNOW they're embarrassed about this...Meanwhile, Rutgers is still trying to figure out why no one thinks they're a legitimate university.)