May 13, 2021

Rep. Mark Takano Announces More Than $171 Million for Local Colleges, Universities, and Students

Biden-Harris Administration releases American Rescue Plan funding for local institutions; At least half of the funding will be distributed to students as emergency financial aid

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced more than $171 million in emergency funding for colleges, universities, and students in California’s 41st Congressional District under the American Rescue Plan. The funding will help local institutions cope with the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and 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. 

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

“Students have experienced a tumultuous school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to adjust to virtual learning, but we must ensure that colleges and universities are fully equipped to provide students with the quality education they deserve and the financial aid they need,” said Rep. Mark Takano. “As a former public school teacher and community college trustee, I know how necessary this funding is to students and campuses across the country, and especially in Riverside County. I’m glad that Democrats fought to include this funding in the American Rescue Plan and I am thankful that President Biden and Vice President Harris are so determined to get our communities and our economy back on track.”

The colleges and universities in California’s 41st Congressional District receiving funding under the American Rescue Plan are:

  • University of California, Riverside: $81,467,469
  • Riverside City College: $43,059,785
  • California Baptist University: $24,191,743
  • Moreno Valley College: $16,546,674
  • La Sierra University: $6,343,594 

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

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



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