Scott Announces $147 Million for Local Colleges, Universities, and Students

May 11, 2021
Press Release
Biden-Harris Administration releases American Rescue Plan funding for local institutions; At least half of the funding will be distributed to students as emergency financial aid

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, announced more than $147 million in emergency funding for colleges, universities, and students in Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District under the American Rescue Plan. The funding will help local institutions cope with the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue serving their students safely. At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to students who are facing hunger, homelessness, and other hardship.

The American Rescue Plan provides $36 billion for nearly 3,500 public and private, nonprofit colleges and universities nationwide.

“The success of our local colleges and universities is critical to the success of our students and to the strength of this community,” said Chairman Scott.The American Rescue Plan makes a historic investment that will secure the future of these valued institutions and provide struggling students with urgent relief that will allow them to stay on track and complete their education. I am proud that we were able to deliver this critical support for institutions of higher education and I applaud the Biden-Harris Administration for its relentless focus on defeating the pandemic and building back a better economy.” 

The colleges and universities in Virginia’s 3rd District receiving funding under the American Rescue Plan are:

Christopher Newport University: $7,367,315

Eastern Virginia Medical School: $872,252

Hampton University: $ 10,097,445

Norfolk State University: $19,842,287

Old Dominion University: $ 46,277,823

Paul D. Camp Community College: $2,151,031

Thomas Nelson Community College: $15,187,171

Tidewater Community College: $46,122,216

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

The American Rescue Plan also includes nearly $3 billion in additional funding – 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 American Rescue Plan, click here.