On Monday, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., showcased almost $29.5 million in federal funds headed to colleges and universities in North Florida.
Lawson pointed to $29,443,491 headed to the region which were part of $1.4 billion for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and colleges and universities serving low-income students. The funds were part of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package approved by Congress and the White House at the end of March to help the nation during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Colleges have been hit-hard by this pandemic and have had to make changes to the way they deliver education,” Lawson said on Monday. “Congress has taken swift action to support the students and institutions to ensure they emerge from this crisis stronger than before.”
The bulk of the funds– $26,309,331–are headed to Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee. Edward Waters College in Jacksonville is getting $2,348,835 while Florida State College Jacksonville (FSCJ) is penciled in for $711,841. Florida Gateway College in Lake City will be getting $73,484.
“Colleges may use the funds for cost of technology associated with a transition to distance education, grants to cover the costs of attendance for eligible students, and faculty and staff trainings. Additionally, funds may be used to cover operational costs, such as lost revenue, reimbursements for prior expenses and payroll,” Lawson’s office noted.
Kevin Derby, who used to work for Edward Waters College, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.