WASHINGTON – Today, U.S.
Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee
on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies
(Labor/HHS), commended the U.S. Department of Education for allocating $206
million in funding for Missouri colleges, universities, and trade schools. Half
of the funding announced today, $103 million, will be immediately available for
schools to make emergency cash grants to students to cover expenses like course
materials, food, housing, and health care. The second half of the funding will
be allocated to schools in the coming weeks to offset other general expenses
related to COVID-19, such as distance learning costs. As Labor/HHS chairman,
Blunt worked to secure this grant funding in the recently-enacted CARES Act.
“As a former university president, I’m committed
to making sure the federal government does its part to help schools and
students overcome the financial challenges caused by COVID-19,” said Blunt.
“Providing direct cash grants to students will help alleviate financial burdens
and mitigate the negative impact on their academic careers. I appreciate the
Education Department for releasing this critical funding, and encourage them to
move quickly on getting additional support to schools.”
The Blunt-backed CARES Act included a total of
$14.25 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. The Higher
Education Emergency Relief Fund prioritizes support for students with urgent
financial needs, and assists institutions in coping with the immediate effects
of coronavirus and school closures. The program provides targeted formula
funding to institutions of higher education, as well as funding for minority
serving institutions and HBCUs.
full list of Missouri awards is available here.