WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that four North Florida colleges/universities will receive an additional $29,443,491 in federal stimulus funds to offset financial losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funds are a part a $1.4 billion set-aside to assist Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and institutions serving low-income students.
“Colleges have been hit-hard by this pandemic and have had to make changes to the way they deliver education,” Rep. Lawson said. “Congress has taken swift action to support the students and institutions to ensure they emerge from this crisis stronger than before.”
Area colleges receiving funds are:
- Edward Waters College: $2,348,835
- Florida A&M University: $26,309,331
- Florida Gateway College: $73,484
- Florida State College Jacksonville: $711,841
Colleges may use the funds for cost of technology associated with a transition to distance education, grants to cover the costs of attendance for eligible students, and faculty and staff training’s. Additionally, funds may be used to cover operational costs, such as lost revenue, reimbursements for prior expenses and payroll.