Congresswoman Trahan announces nearly $ 82 million in U.S. bailout funding for area colleges and students – Sentinel and Enterprise
LOWELL – Congresswoman Lori Trahan announced emergency funding of $ 81,819,954 for colleges, including Fitchburg State University and Mount Wachusett Community College, and students in the Third District of Massachusetts in the part of the American rescue plan.
The relief funding will help local colleges cope with the serious financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to serve their students safely.
At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to students facing hunger, homelessness and other hardships. The American Rescue Plan has allocated $ 36 billion to nearly 3,500 public and private nonprofit colleges and universities across the country.
“The success of our local colleges is critical to the success of our students and our community,” Trahan said. “I am proud of my vote for the American Rescue Plan, which is a historic investment in education that will secure the future of these institutions and provide struggling students with urgent help that will keep them in school,” to stay on track and complete their education. This essential support will be essential as we work not only to defeat COVID-19, but also to rebuild better than before the pandemic. “
The colleges and universities in the Third District of Massachusetts receiving funding under the American Rescue Plan are:
- Fitchburg State University: $ 11,428,049
- Mount Wachusett Community College: $ 9,535,328
- UMass Lowell: $ 27,551,474
- Merrimack College: $ 7,228,654
- Middlesex Community College: $ 13,649,527
- North Essex Community College: $ 12,426,922