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Congressional Delegation Announces Emergency Funds for Arkansas Higher Education Students

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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 emergency grants to support postsecondary students and institutes of higher education impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The funds, totaling more than $100 million, come from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which became law last month with the support of the Arkansas congressional delegation. The CARES Act provides nearly $14 billion to support postsecondary students and institutes nationwide.

“The CARES Act is continuing to deliver necessary funds to help Americans during this crisis. These emergency funds will aid students impacted during this crisis as their schools have been forced to close and many have lost jobs,” members said.

The funding is based on a formula which includes factors such as the number of full-time students who are eligible for Pell grants in addition to total enrollment. Additional funding will be made available by the Department of Education in the coming weeks.

The following Arkansas colleges and universities will receive funding:

First Congressional District

Arkansas Northeastern College                                                          $566, 883                               

Arkansas State University                                                                  $9,258,158                             

Arkansas State University – Mountain Home                                    $1,059,570                             

Arkansas State University – Newport                                                $1,266,638                             

Arkansas State University – Mid-South                                             $855,413                                

Black River Technical College                                                           $1,643,629                             

Crowley’s Ridge College                                                                   $265,023                                            

East Arkansas Community College                                                    $840,222                                

Lyon College                                                                                      $680,216

Ozarka College                                                                                   $797,075

Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas              $905,327

University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville                $1,029,926

Williams Baptist University                                                               $528,271

Second Congressional District

Arkansas Baptist College                                                                   $831,019                                            

Arkansas State University - Beebe                                                     $2,141,764                                         

Baptist Health College Little Rock                                                    $876,349                                

Central Baptist College                                                                       $822,986                                

Eastern College of Health Vocations                                                 $1,332,068                             

Harding University                                                                             $3,252,861                             

Hendrix College                                                                                  $1,056,780                                         

Philander Smith College                                                                     $2,143,674                 

Shorter College                                                                                   $1,097,484

University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College                         $4,476,116

University of Arkansas at Little Rock                                                $5,956,500

University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton                 $1,861,056

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences                                    $972,976

University of Central Arkansas                                                          $9,604,924

Third Congressional District                      

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education                                             $47,138                                  

Arkansas Tech University                                                                  $7,098,986                                         

Ecclesia College                                                                                 $148,173                                

John Brown University                                                                       $1,316,339                 

North Arkansas College                                                                     $1,444,804

Northwest Arkansas Community College                                          $3,113,618

Northwest Technical Institute                                                             $437,217

University of Arkansas                                                                       $15,454,361

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith                                                 $5,511,303

Fourth Congressional District

Arkansas State University Three Rivers                                             $669,324        

Champion Christian College                                                              $87,078                                              

Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas            $775,262        

Henderson State University                                                                $3,767,931                                         

JRMC School of Nursing                                                                   $142,391

National Park College                                                                         $2,285,507                             

Northern Technical College                                                               $59,671

Ouachita Baptist University                                                               $1,344,385

South Arkansas Community College                                                 $1,071,512

Southeast Arkansas College                                                               $1,187,530

Southern Arkansas University                                                            $4,025,613

Southern Arkansas University Tech                                                   $782,909

University of Arkansas at Monticello                                                 $3,223,313

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff                                                  $4,295,429

University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana      $1,156,335

University of Arkansas Community College Rich Mountain             $542,149

University of the Ozarks                                                                     $1,011,314