CLEVELAND, OH — Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) has received $41,645,625 in stimulus money from the American Rescue Plan Act's higher education fund.
The funds are part of a projected $1.1 billion in funding for Ohio colleges and universities, with nearly a quarter of that going to Northeast Ohio campuses. Tri-C is receiving the second-highest amount of money in the region, second to Kent State University.
A little over half of the funds (around $21.5 million) will be distributed directly to students who have been affected by the pandemic through an application process. Students will be able to use the funds to access services that will help them continue their education, such as tuition support, food and housing assistance, and child care.
More information and an application link for current students can be found at tri-c.edu/paying-for-college/financial-aid-and-scholarships/heerf.html.
The remaining funds will be utilized for institutional spendings, such as pandemic-response initiatives and the support and growth of current services and programs that help students, faculty, and staff achieve success and well-being.
Additional student financial aid programs, IT infrastructure, technology, and equipment for students, faculty, and staff, as well as other support services that encourage students to finish their degree, are also areas of focus for the use of this funding.
“This funding is critical for our students, now more than ever,” said Tri-C President Alex Johnson. “As we rebound from the pandemic, it is essential that we be able to provide our students with necessary support and remove barriers to educational access, and this latest round of federal higher-education funding will assist greatly in that.”
The American Rescue Plan Act, which was passed in March, provides nearly $36 billion in stimulus and relief funds to higher education institutions across the country to aid in pandemic recovery efforts. Since the pandemic began, Tri-C has received three rounds of federal stimulus money.
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