Last week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., showcased colleges and universities in North Florida getting more than $280 million in federal funds included in the $1.9 trillion stimulus package passed by Congress earlier in the month.

“At least half of the funding each institution receives will be issued directly to students in the form of emergency financial grants to help pay for course materials, housing, food, health care, childcare and other essentials,” Lawson’s office noted. “The American Rescue Plan Act provided almost $40 billion in higher education relief funds, including $2.2 billion going directly to Florida colleges and universities, to support the overwhelming costs that institutions and students face in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Lawson weighed in on the funds on Thursday.

“The American Rescue Package is a critical lifeline for North Florida institutions and students who are facing severe economic strains due to the pandemic,” Lawson said. “This funding will provide them with much-needed assistance during this crisis as I continue to work to bring additional resources to our district.”

Florida State University (FSU) is getting $80.4 million while Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) will get $56.4 million. Florida A&M University (FAMU) will get $36.5 million while $35.1 million is headed to the University of North Florida (UNF). Tallahassee Community College (TCC) will get $27.4 million.

Smaller schools in Lawson’s district will also get federal funds with more than $6.6 million going to Jacksonville University (JU) and $5.8 million headed to Florida Gateway College. Edward Waters College will get $5.5 million while North Florida College will receive more than $2.7 million and Lively Technical Center is set for almost $3.1 million. Trinity Baptist College will get almost $1.3 million while Gadsden Technical Institute will receive more than $109,000.


Reach Kevin Derby at Kevin served as the assistant registrar of Jacksonville University and the registrar of Edward Waters College.


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