April 14, 2020

Rep. Lawson Announces More Than $67 Million in Emergency Stimulus Funding for District’s Colleges and Universities

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that state colleges and universities in his district would receive more than $67 million in emergency funding as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed last month. 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.

The funding allocations are part of the $31 billion Congress allocated for students, K-12 schools, and higher education. The nearly $14 billion in emergency higher education relief funding is to help students and institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Every part of our society is facing the impact of COVID-19, and our colleges and universities are no exception,” Rep. Lawson said. “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.”

The colleges and universities in FL-05 receiving funding under the CARES Act are listed. Half of each institution’s funding is reserved for emergency financial aid:??

  • Edward Waters College: $1,361,209 
  • Florida A&M University: $13,051,325
  • Florida Gateway College: $1,498,341
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville: $14,500,515
  • Florida State University: $29,339,828
  • Jacksonville University: $2,208,846
  • North Florida College: $715,483
  • Tallahassee Community College: $7,763,584
  • University of North Florida: $11,770,196    

The college or university will determine which students will receive the cash grants.

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.