Harlem Rep. Espaillat Announces $111 Million For Local Colleges, Universities, And Students

May 13, 2021

Representative Adriano Espaillat, a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, has announced more than $111 million in emergency funding for students and institutions.

The funding is for students and institutions of higher education in New York’s 13th Congressional District under the American Rescue Plan.

The funding will help local institutions cope with the severe financial distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and as they continue serving their students safely.

At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to students who are facing hunger, homelessness, and other hardship:

“It has been over a year since students and families around the country have had their lives and education upended by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rep. Espaillat. “Millions of students had to adapt to a whole new world of learning – teachers, administrators, and school employees alike have worked tirelessly to support our children during this time of great uncertainty – and now it’s our job to ensure that they have the resources they need to reopen their schools safely. That’s why the American Rescue Plan is so critical. Putting safety first, helping students, universities, and communities get back on track.

“As the only formerly undocumented Member of Congress, I especially want to thank Secretary Cardona and the U.S. Department of Education for ensuring this vitally necessary funding reaches all students who have been severely impacted by COVID-19 including DACA recipients, undocumented students, and international students,” continued Rep. Espaillat. “Members of Congress including myself and our bicameral leaders in higher education have been absolutely clear that the decision by the prior Administration to exclude these students – many of whom suspended their education in order to work in frontline jobs during this pandemic – from emergency aid was in contradiction to Congressional intent and plain reading of the law.”

The American Rescue Plan provides $36 billion for nearly 3,500 public and private, nonprofit colleges and universities nationwide.

“The success of our local colleges and universities is critical to the success of our students and to the strength of this community,” said Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor. “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. I am proud that we were able to deliver this critical support for institutions of higher education and I applaud the Biden-Harris Administration for its relentless focus on defeating the pandemic and building back a better economy.”

The colleges and universities in New York’s 13th Congressional District receiving funding under the American Rescue Plan are:

  • Boricua College: $4,585,585
  • CUNY – City College of New York: $47,591,088
  • CUNY – Lehman College: $ 45,470,389
  • Helene Fuld School of Nursing: $1,436,551
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai $820,437
  • Jewish Theological Seminary of America: $273,641
  • Manhattan School of Music: $1,194,831
  • New York College of Podiatric Medicine: $262,966
  • Yeshiva University: $6,509,036
  • Monroe College: $3,562,049

Students should contact their institutions for more information about how they can apply for an emergency grant.

The American Rescue Plan also includes nearly $3 billion in additional funding – which will be distributed at a later date – for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), other Minority-Serving Institutions, and other under-resourced institutions.

To read more about emergency education funding under the American Rescue Plan, click here.

Representative Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and his congressional district includes Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill and the northwest Bronx.

First elected to Congress in 2016, Representative Espaillat is serving his third term in Congress.

Representative Espaillat currently serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Committee on Appropriations responsible for funding the federal government’s vital activities.

He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), where he serves as the Second Vice-Chair and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, where he serves as Deputy Whip.

Representative Espaillat also currently serves as a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus.

To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/

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