The Department of Education (ED) on Wednesday awarded $198 million in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds III (HEERF III) created under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to assist students at 244 colleges and universities and provide resources to those institutions to help them recover from the pandemic.
According to ED, nearly 90% of these awards 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 that received the latest round of aid will also be required to distribute half of all grant funds directly to students to support housing, tuition support, food insecurity, and other basic needs.
For a full list of institutions that received Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants, visit https://t.co/WWRWSrTuho— U.S. Department of Education (@usedgov) July 13, 2022
In the coming days, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and First Lady Jill Biden are expected to host a joint event that will highlight the impacts these grants have had on higher education students and institutions.
Wednesday’s announcement also reminded schools that institutional ARP funds can be used to provide basic needs support, expand mental health care, create retention programs, and monitor and suppress the spread of COVID-19, among other initiatives that are designed to respond to the pandemic.
Publication Date: 7/14/2022