Nearly $90M from American Rescue Plan to be distributed to local colleges


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A total of $89,998,914 in emergency funding under the American Rescue Plan will be split between twelve local colleges and universities, Congressman Richard Neal announced Tuesday.

The emergency funding will help schools deal with the sever financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. At least half of the funding will be sent in the form of emergency cash assistance grants for students that are facing hunger and homelessness.

“The success of our local colleges and universities is critical to the success of our students and to the strength of our community,” said Congressman Neal. “Educational institutions here in western and central Massachusetts and across the country have been steadfast in their mission of delivering quality education in the face of this pandemic. The American Rescue Plan makes a historic investment that will secure the future of these valued institutions and provide struggling students with urgent relief that will allow them to stay on track and complete their education.” 

Colleges and universities that will receive funding included:

  • American International College: $5,686,696
  • Bay Path University: $4,881,677
  • College of Our Lady of the Elms: $3,608,828
  • Berkshire Community College: $3,969,913
  • Holyoke Community College: $13,291,667
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts: $3,942,592
  • Westfield State University: $12,788,564
  • Mount Holyoke College: $4,217,824
  • Nichols College: $3,308,361
  • Springfield College: $8,898,028
  • Springfield Technical Community College: $14,223,805
  • Western New England University: $6,961,297
  • Williams College: $4,200,741

Students looking to receive emergency funding should contact their school on how to apply.

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