Colleges forced by the coronavirus pandemic to make costly changes such as rapidly switching to online instruction will be eligible for shares of $6.2 billion in aid that Education Secretary
The $2.2 trillion CARES Act (
The funding opened Tuesday will allow colleges to offset some costs of responding to the pandemic, such as the move to online instruction.
Colleges and universities across the country have shut down campuses to halt the spread of coronavirus in recent weeks. Many have refunded costs of room and board to students while losing revenue from canceled campus events, opening gaping holes in the balance sheets of higher-education institutions.
“This pandemic has made clear every single education institution should make important investments to ensure learning continues when unexpected circumstances arise,” DeVos said in a statement. “Accordingly, the additional funds made available today can be used to expand remote learning programs, build IT capacity, and train faculty and staff to operate in a remote learning environment so that at any moment institutions can pivot quickly.”
The Education Department previously released figures for allocations of CARES Act money to each college.
“In recognition of the diverse, changing needs on the ground related to this national emergency, we provided significant flexibility for grantees,” DeLauro wrote. “I expect the Department to allow states, school districts, and institutions of higher education to take advantage of this statutory flexibility as they respond to the national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic.”
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