Rep. Susan Davis Announces $137 Million in Emergency COVID-19 Funding for Local Colleges and Universities
At least $71 million will be distributed to displaced students
Congresswoman Susan Davis, Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, announced that colleges and universities in San Diego County would receive more than $137 million in emergency funding as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed on March 27. At least $71 million of the funding each institution receives will be distributed to students in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to help pay for housing, food, and other basic essentials.
In total, the CARES Act provides $14 billion in emergency higher education relief funding to help students and institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, the Department of Education announced the first $6 billion of that funding will be immediately sent to institutions so they can begin providing grants to struggling students.
“Students working and planning toward their future have had their lives upended like millions of other Americans because of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and Labor. “We must support these students and the institutions as they weather this crisis.”
Students should contact their institutions for more information about how they can apply for an emergency grant.
The colleges and universities in San Diego County receiving funding under the CARES Act:
The US Department of Education released allocations under the CARES Act here.