Utah State in line for $17.5 million from CARES Act

Utah State University will receive about $17.5 million of the nearly $100 million allocated to the Utah System of Higher Education under the federal CARES Act.

LOGAN – Utah State University is expected to receive nearly $17.5 million in Coronavirus relief funding under the federal CARES Act recently passed by Congress.

According to the Utah System of Higher Education, the state’s universities, college and technical institutions will receive nearly $100 million from the stimulus legislation. That amount is based on institutional enrollment and the number of low-income students qualifying for financial assistance under the federal Pell Grant Program.

USU spokesperson Emilie Wheeler said that about half of USU’s allocated funding – more than $8.7 million — will be awarded in emergency financial aid grants to students.

Wheeler added that, although the funds have not actually been received yet, university administrators are already developing a plan for their distribution.

“We really appreciate the funding allocated to education through the CARES Act,” she explained. “The dollars coming directly to USU are critical as we respond to Coronavirus expenses and costs.”

State officials said that public education will receive about $68 million from the CARES Act. Authorized uses of that funding at K-12 schools will include summer education programs for at-risk students, the acquisition of new educational hardware and software, and addressing the special needs of low-income, disabled, migrant or homeless students, plus children in foster care.

The CARES Act was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Mar. 27. It is a $2 trillion package of nationwide financial assistance, including $30.75 billion for public schools and post-secondary institutions responding to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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1 Comment

  • Alex Dennis April 19, 2020 at 6:41 pm Reply

    I am very interested in where this money will actually end up. The school is already withholding any kind of tuition or student fee refund despite being completely unable to use any of the services the fees pay for. In addition, the abrupt switch to online course instruction has massively lowered the quality of education and as such we as students are paying an extreme premium for a subpar education caused by a gross lack of effort on the part of many professors to provide meaningful instruction. I am extremely hesitant to believe that 8.7 million will be awarded to students in any fashion. Furthermore, on the off chance that it will be how can they possibly hope to pass out that money fairly? Will every student receive an equal portion or will the school somehow determine who is more financially needy than others? This is nearly impossible for the school to accurately figure out.

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