Rep. Wild Announces More Than $28.4 Million in Emergency COVID-19 Funding for Local Colleges and Universities

April 15, 2020
Press Release
At least half of the funding will be distributed to students in need

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) announced that colleges and universities in Pennsylvania’s 7th District would receive $28.4 million in emergency funding as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed on March 27. At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed to students in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to help pay for housing, food, and other basic essentials.

 

In total, the CARES Act provides $14 billion in emergency higher education relief funding to help students and institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 9, the Department of Education announced the first $6 billion of that funding will be immediately sent to institutions so they can begin providing grants to struggling students.

 

Students should contact their institutions for more information about how they can apply for an emergency grant.

 

“As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, I am deeply concerned about the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of students and educators throughout our community and across our country,” Wild said.  “Throughout this crisis, I have heard from local institutions about the challenges of ensuring all students have the technology needed for online learning, from concerned teachers about meeting the individual needs of students, and from worried college students about affording the cost of their education in uncertain times. I was proud to secure necessary funding in the CARES Act as a first step towards ensuring that our students, professors, and support staff have the resources they need to continue providing quality, affordable education to all students at this critical moment.”

 

The colleges and universities in Pennsylvania’s 7th District receiving funding under the CARES Act:

 

Cedar Crest College: $1,526,417 total award with $763,209 as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.

DeSales University: $1,846,942 total award with $923,471 as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania: $6,469,323 total award with $3,234,662 as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.

Lafayette College: $1,391,019 total award with $695,510 as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.

Lehigh Carbon Community College: $3,873,075 total award with $1,936,538 as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.

Lehigh University: $3,616,135 total award with $1,808,068 as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.

Moravian College: $2,025,895 total award with $1,012,948 as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.

Muhlenberg College: $1,619,907 total award with $809,954 as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.

Northampton Community College: $6,039,116 total award with $3,019,558 as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.

Pennsylvania State University: $54,994,846 total award with $27,497,423 as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.

*Funding allocated to Pennsylvania State University as a whole, including main campus and all branch campuses, such as Pennsylvania State University-Lehigh Valley*

 

The CARES Act also includes an additional $1 billion – which will be distributed at a later date – for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), other Minority-Serving Institutions, and other under-resourced institutions.

 

To read more about emergency education funding under the CARES Act, click here.

 

 

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