As part of last month’s $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, colleges and universities across North Florida will receive more than $67 million in funds.
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., announced this week that the schools will receive federal funds through the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.” The entire package sends $31 billion to schools across the country with almost $14 billion of that going to higher education institutions.
“At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed directly to students in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to help pay for course materials, housing, food, health care, childcare and other basic essentials,” Lawson’s office noted.
“Every part of our society is facing the impact of COVID-19, and our colleges and universities are no exception,” Lawson said on Tuesday. “This funding will provide urgently needed funding to help our students cover the cost of food, housing and other basic essentials, while providing our schools with the resources to continue operating during and after this crisis is over.”
Florida State University (FSU) will get $29.3 million while Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is set to receive $14.5 million. Florida A&M University (FAMU) will get $13 million and the University of North Florida (UNF) is penciled in for $11.8 million. Tallahassee Community College (TCC) will get $7.8 million; Jacksonville University (JU) will receive $2.2 million; Florida Gateway College in Lake City is penciled in for $1.5 million; Edward Waters College will get $1.4 million; and North Florida College in Madison will get almost $715,500.
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