Al Lawson: North Florida Colleges and Universities Getting $186 Million in Federal Stimulus Funds

This week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., announced that colleges and universities in North Florida will get more than $186 million in federal funds.

The schools are getting the funds from the $900 billion “Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act” which Congress passed last month and which then President Donald Trump signed into law.

Lawson weighed in on the funds on Wednesday, noting that half of the funds have to be used for student grants.

“This much-needed relief provides nearly $23 billion for higher education, and will help area colleges and universities as they continue to experience some of their most challenging times,” Lawson said. “The impact of this pandemic is far greater than we could have imagined, and it will not be an overnight fix. But this is another step to keep our schools operating and educating Florida’s students.”

The following schools in North Florida will be getting federal funds:

  • Edward Waters College: $3,753,605
  • Florida A&M University: $27,027, 663
  • Florida Gateway College: $4,199,171
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville: $39,123,258
  • Florida State University: $60,163,914
  • Jacksonville University: $4,914,423
  • North Florida College: $1,915,742
  • Tallahassee Community College: $19,526,792
  • University of North Florida: $25,620,098

First elected to Congress in 2016 after decades in the state Legislature, including leading Democrats in the Florida Senate, Lawson represents parts of North Florida with his district stretching from Jacksonville to Gadsden County.

While he will be impacted by redistricting before 2022, Lawson currently represents a district that is secure for the Democrats. He trounced Republican Gary Adler in November, taking 65 percent of the vote.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

 

KEVIN DERBY
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