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WASHINGTON— U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman—announced an additional round of coronavirus relief funding for Arkansas’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and institutions serving low-income students to help ensure learning continues during the coronavirus crisis.

The funds—totaling $14,573,384—come from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which became law with the support of the Arkansas congressional delegation. It is part of nearly $1.4 billion in additional funding the Department of Education has directed to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) nationwide, which is provided on top of the money previously allocated in the first round.  

Institutions may use this funding to cover the cost of technology associated with a transition to distance education, grants to cover the costs of attendance for eligible students and training for faculty and staff. Additionally, funds may be used to cover operational costs, such as lost revenue, reimbursements for prior expenses and payroll.

“The Department of Education quickly awarded CARES Actfunding to higher education institutions across the state to aid students impacted during this crisis. This additional funding recognizes the unique challenges facing HBCUs and institutions serving low-income students. These institutions play a vital role in transforming lives and make Arkansas’s communities stronger,” the delegation said. 

The following Arkansas colleges and universities will receive funding from this second round of grants: 

Arkansas colleges and universities received over $100 million in the first round of emergency grants to support postsecondary students and institutes of higher education impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In total, the CARES Actprovides nearly $14 billion to support postsecondary students and institutions nationwide.

Arkansas Baptist College $1,032,491
Arkansas State University Mid-South $58,470
Arkansas State University-Beebe $105,358
Arkansas State University-Main Campus $453,949
Arkansas State University-Mountain Home $51,525
Arkansas State University-Newport $62,669
Arkansas Tech University $347,304
Baptist Health College Little Rock $42,634
Black River Technical College $79,483
Central Baptist College $39,980
College of the Ouachitas $32,853
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas $48,991
Crowley's Ridge College $12,859
Ecclesia College $7,225
Henderson State University $183,000
Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing $6,902
Lyon College $33,170
National Park College $110,925
North Arkansas College $70,212
NorthWest Arkansas Community College $154,367
Ozarka College $38,678
Philander Smith College $2,383,058
Shorter College $1,211,947
South Arkansas Community College $52,217
Southeast Arkansas College $74,688
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus $196,019
Southern Arkansas University Tech $38,543
University of Arkansas at Little Rock $293,078
University of Arkansas at Monticello $156,801
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff $5,863,687
University of Arkansas Community College Rich Mountain $26,516
University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville $50,042
University of Arkansas Community College-Hope $56,215
University of Arkansas Community College-Morrilton $90,375
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith $268,669
University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College $293,123
University of Central Arkansas $470,493
University of the Ozarks $49,113
Williams Baptist University $25,755