244 Colleges and Universities to Benefit from HEERF Grants

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Education awarded the final $198 million in Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants. The grants will assist students who attend 244 colleges and universities and provides resources to help these institutions recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

The grants have been awarded to public and private non-profit colleges and universities that have the greatest unmet needs, including community colleges and rural institutions that serve a high percentage of diverse student populations and low-income students, and those that have experienced enrollment declines since the start of the pandemic, among other categories.

Of the funds awarded, almost 90 percent will go toward Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), community colleges, rural institutions, and institutions serving large populations of low-income students. The majority of institutions are also required to distribute roughly half of all grant funds directly to students with the greatest need, which helps provide additional support for housing, tuition support, addressing food insecurity, and other basic needs.

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“The institutions that serve our highest-need students were not only hit hard by the pandemic, but in many cases have also struggled with chronic underinvestment and funding inequities,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “This funding from the American Rescue Plan will help HBCUs, MSIs, community colleges, and other inclusive institutions better support their students, from investing in campus mental health, to providing financial relief, to meeting housing, transportation, and child care needs. When we invest in stronger supports for our students, we help remove barriers to their success so that they can stay on track with their studies, complete their degrees, and ultimately, build rewarding careers.”

As part of the announcement, Secretary Miguel Cardona, First Lady Jill Biden, and American Rescue Plan Coordinator Gene Sperling will join leadership from the Community College of Philadelphia, Coahoma Community College, and Southwestern Michigan College for a press call to highlight the positive impacts these grants have had on their students and institutions. These colleges have spent funds reducing or eliminating tuition, eliminating outstanding student balances, addressing food insecurity by supporting a food pantry, creating a zero-cost textbook program, and covering costs of evidence-based practices to monitor and suppress the spread of Covid-19.

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View state by state break down of the grants here.

A full list of institutions that received grants will be made available here.

For more information on HEERF under the American Rescue Plan, visit https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/arp.html.

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