Scott Announces Over $46 Million in Emergency COVID-19 Funding for Local Colleges and Universities

April 13, 2020
Press Release
At least half of the funding will be distributed to displaced students

NEWPORT NEWS, VAToday, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) announced that colleges and universities in Virginia’s Third Congressional District would receive $46 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. Yesterday, 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.

“I am pleased that Congress has taken meaningful steps to support the students and institutions in Virginia’s Third Congressional District,” said Congressman Scott. “The COVID-19 public health emergency is putting an enormous strain on our higher education system. In passing the CARES Act, Congress issued a down payment on the immediate and substantial relief that displaced students and cash-strapped institutions need to cope with this crisis. This funding will help struggling students cover the cost of food, housing, and other basic essentials, and give institutions of higher education a lifeline as they suffer heavy financial losses.” 

The colleges and universities in VA-03 receiving funding under the CARES Act:

Christopher Newport University: $2,893,936
Eastern Virginia Medical School: $329,653
Hampton University: $4,264,342
Norfolk State University: $6,901,715
Old Dominion University: $15,548,901
Paul D. Camp Community College: $512,617
Thomas Nelson Community College: $3,853,969
Tidewater Community College: $11,999,956

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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