Lowey Announces nearly $44 Million for Rockland and Westchester Higher Education Institutions Impacted by Coronavirus Outbreak

April 16, 2020
Press Release

These funds are part of $920 Million for NY Institutions of Higher Education in the CARES Act

Fifty percent of this funding will go directly to student emergency financial aid

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today announced that 21 institutions of higher education in New York’s 17th Congressional District (NY-17), which covers all of Rockland County and part of Westchester County, will receive $43,702,277 in federal funding to cover costs associated with the spread of COVID-19. Half of these funds, $21,851,144, will go directly to student emergency financial aid.

This nearly $44 million in direct emergency aid to support higher education institutions and students in NY-17 will be used to cover expenses such as course materials and technology, as schools shift classes online, and student grants for housing, child care, and health care. This funding will also be used to keep school faculty and staff on the payroll as institutions of higher education struggle to make up for the rapid decline in revenue.

“Colleges and universities in Rockland and Westchester are struggling to pay their faculty and staff, adjust to providing online education, and ensure enrollment for future terms doesn’t drastically shrink in the coming months,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “We cannot leave them and their students alone to deal with the impacts of this pandemic. In addition to struggling with the day-to-day anxiety caused by the spread of the coronavirus, students enrolled in higher education institutions are struggling to cover expenses such as food, housing, health care, and child care. This type of rapid response from the federal government and quick disbursement of funds by the Department of Education is critical to overcoming the damages caused by this public health crisis.”

Congresswoman Lowey helped lead the House negotiations with Senate Republicans and the Trump Administration on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that included a total of $920,624,359 for New York colleges and universities from the $2 billion New York Education Stabilization Fund. Congresswoman Lowey helped create this fund to provide states with the flexibility to support elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary education. 

This education funding is in addition to tens of billions in federal assistance that will protect New York families, keep small businesses afloat, and stem the spread of COVID-19 so the Lower Hudson Valley can fully recover as quickly as possible.

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