Sánchez delivers $45 million check to Cerritos College as part of American Rescue Plan funding for higher education institutions

July 7, 2021
Press Release

NORWALK – On Tuesday, Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA) delivered a check in the amount of $45,287,637 to Cerritos College to highlight the funding the college received through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III).

HEERF III, authorized by the American Rescue Plan, provided $39.6 billion to help institutions of higher education serve students and ensure learning continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This event is part of Congresswoman Sánchez’s efforts to meet with city councils, school boards, colleges and universities, business owners, essential workers, and other community leaders across the 38th Congressional District to discuss relief funds and ongoing efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.



“Colleges, universities, and students have faced unprecedented challenges over the last year,” said Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez. “As we recover from this pandemic, we must ensure our local colleges and universities safely reopen for in-person learning while giving students the resources they need to continue their education. This funding, which I voted for as part of the American Rescue Plan, will do just that. I am glad to be here in Cerritos to highlight the $45 million Cerritos College received through this relief package.”

“This historic action by Congress paves the way for our institution to allow us to emerge stronger in order to continue serving all students,” said Dr. Jose Fierro, President and Superintendent at Cerritos College. “Our region was greatly impacted by the devastation of COVID-19, despite so much uncertainty this support has provided a beacon of hope during unprecedented times.”

Cerritos College said funding has been utilized to provide additional financial support to students as well as additional technological enhancements to our campus.

Congresswoman Sánchez continued: “One important aspect of the American Rescue Plan is it provides direct relief to students and institutions for higher education. At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed in the form of emergency financial aid to help students who are facing hunger, homelessness, and other hardship as a result of the pandemic. Supporting our students is critical to building back better for everyone in Southern California.”

HEERF III provided $5 billion for schools across California. In addition to Cerritos College, seven institutions in California’s 38th congressional district will benefit from this funding.


The following institutions in the district are receiving funding under the American Rescue Plan’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund:


  • Southern California University of Health Sciences
  • Biola University
  • NTMA Training Centers of Southern California
  • Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America
  • Cerritos College
  • Rio Hondo College
  • Whittier College
  • ABC Adult School