Florida A&M to receive an additional $26 million from USDOE
Florida A&M University is receiving an additional $26.3 million from the U.S. Department of Education to help offset losses it is experiencing because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
体育在线365The money is part of $1.4 billion set-aside to assist Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, as well as institutions serving low-income students, included in the CARES Act.
“Colleges have been hit-hard by this pandemic and have had to make changes to the way they deliver education,” U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Jr., said in a release announcing allocations in his Congressional district. “Congress has taken swift action to support the students and institutions to ensure they emerge from this crisis stronger than before.”
In addition to FAMU, Lawson said, Edward Waters College is receiving $2,348,83; Florida Gateway College, $73,484, and Florida State College Jacksonville, $711,841.
体育在线365“We are extremely appreciative of the work of Congressman Al Lawson and his Congressional colleagues who made this funding available,” FAMU President Larry Robinson said. “FAMU, along with the other recipients of these funds, face formidable financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources will help bridge the gap and allow us to address critical student success initiatives.”
Other HBCUs in Florida receiving funding are Bethune-Cookman University, which is receiving $7.9 million, and Florida Memorial University, $2.57 million.
FAMU previously was awarded $13 million of more than $12 billion allotted to universities and colleges under the CARES Act, with $6.5 million of that earmarked to reimburse students for expenses.
体育在线365The university said last week it already has applied for the additional $6.5 million from that initial allocation.
体育在线365 “I encourage these institutions, like all others, to use these funds to provide emergency grants to students during this challenging time, and to expand remote learning programs and build IT capacity,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a release. “These are challenging times, but if we take this opportunity to transform higher education to meet the demands of the 21st century, our nation's students and higher education as a whole will be better for it."
Contact senior writer Byron Dobson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @byrondobson.
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