RGV schools to receive $58 million in Federal Grants for COVID-19 response

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WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 12: Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) asks a question during the confirmation hearing for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for the director of the CIA, Rep.ÊMike Pompeo (R-KS) before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee on January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mr. Pompeo is a former Army officer who graduated first in […]

WASHINGTON – The Office of Texas U.S. Senator John Cornyn released a statement in regards to funding for Valley colleges and universities. The press release said local colleges and universities will receive a total of $57,964,936 in federal grants in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant funding comes from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the CARES Act. At least 50 percent of each grant must go towards providing students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, and the CARES Act allows each institution discretion in how to award this assistance to its students.

“No Texan should have to give up their education because of the economic effects of the coronavirus,” said Sen. Cornyn.  “In addition to allowing students to defer their federal student loan payments for six months, the CARES Act provides targeted funding to Texas institutions to help students continue their education – even if that means taking classes online.”

In total, Texas institutions of higher education were awarded more than $1 billion of the $14 billion available.

SchoolTotal AidStudent Aid PortionCity
University Of Texas – Rio Grande Valley$34,334,258$17,167,129Edinburg
Texas Southmost College$3,608,280$1,804,140Brownsville
South Texas College$20,022,398$10,011,199McAllen

Senator Cornyn’s website has additional resources for Texans during the coronavirus outbreak here, said the press release.

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