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Waltz Announces $25 Million in Higher Education Funding via CARES Act

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA.  – On Friday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) announced five higher education institutions in Florida’s Sixth Congressional District have received $25 million in grants from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Every college student deserves a shot at a great education but unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has threatened to end many of these students’ dreams,” Waltz said. “I am glad to see these grants for our colleges and universities and hope they will keep those students on the path to success in their academic careers.”

The CARES Act provides nearly $14 billion total to support post-secondary education students and institutions around the country. The funding received will be distributed immediately to colleges and universities to provide cash grants to students whose lives and education have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Approximately $12.5 million of the funding received by colleges and universities in Florida’s Sixth District must be used for cash grants, which are provided directly to students to help pay for expenses related to disruptions to their educations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including course materials and technology as well as food, housing, health care and childcare.

Allocation amounts are as follows:

Bethune-Cookman University: $6,648,501

Daytona College: $301,333

Daytona State College: $7,681,731

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: $6,845,716

Stetson University: $3,578,583