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DeLauro Statement on Distribution of $6 Billion in Aid to Colleges and Universities

April 9, 2020
Press Release

NEW HAVEN, CT — (April 9, 2020) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today released the following statement after the Department of Education announced it would distribute $6 billion to colleges and universities from the more than $30 billion Congress appropriated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This aid will be awarded to students as emergency cash assistance and support course materials and technology as well as food, housing, health care, and childcare. Connecticut institutions of higher education will receive more than $141 million.

"After speaking with Secretary DeVos this morning and urging her to swiftly distribute CARES Act aid, I am glad to see this $6 billion will be released to help colleges students, colleges, and universities that are dealing with COVID-19,” said DeLauro. “This is a good first step. I will continue to press the Education Department to release the remaining dollars to schools and States expeditiously—including for our youngsters in K-12 programs, as well as faculty, staff, and administrators. They are going above and beyond at this uncertain time, and it is critical that they get the resources they need immediately to respond to this crisis and educate our next generation.”