Sánchez Announces $93 Million in Funding for Local Colleges, Universities, and Students

May 12, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA) announced $93 million in emergency funding for colleges, universities, and students in California’s 38th Congressional District under the American Rescue Plan. The funding will help local institutions cope with the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue serving 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 who are facing hunger, homelessness, and other hardship.

The American Rescue Plan provides $36 billion for nearly 3,500 public and private, nonprofit colleges and universities nationwide.

“Colleges and universities are instrumental in helping Southern California communities succeed,” said Rep. Sánchez. “The American Rescue Plan provides critical lifelines for our local institutions, ensuring they can keep serving our communities while giving students the resources they need to stay in school and complete their education. I am proud of our work to secure this funding, and I applaud the Biden Administration for their tireless efforts to put an end to this pandemic and build back a better America in the process.”

The colleges and universities in California’s 38th District receiving funding under the American Rescue Plan are:

ABC Adult School: $371,287  

Biola University: $10,534,968

Cerritos Community College: $45,287,637

NTMA Training Centers of Southern California: $1,178,658

Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America: $139,598

Rio Hondo Community College: $28,887,516

Southern California University of Health Sciences: $1,572,598

Whittier College: $5,046,191  

Students should contact their institutions for more information about how they can apply for an emergency grant.

The American Rescue Plan also includes nearly $3 billion in additional funding – which will be distributed at a later date – for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), other Minority-Serving Institutions, and other under-resourced institutions. 

To read more about emergency education funding under the American Rescue Plan, click here.