U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, announced Monday that colleges and universities serving from Illinois’ 14th District will receive more than $45 million in emergency funding through the CARES Act.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which was signed March 27, was to provide $14 billion in emergency higher education relief to help students and institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At least half of those funds will be distributed to students in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to help pay for housing, food and other essentials. McHenry County College will receive $2,254,053 in aid.
Here is the breakdown what other colleges from District 14 will receive: College of Lake County, $4,973,042; College of DuPage, $9,100,886; Elgin Community College, $4,600,718; Joliet Junior College, $5,497,625; Kishwaukee College, $1.545,526; Northern Illinois University, $14,825,179; Waubonsee Community College, $3,198,731.
“Higher education is one of the most valuable resources we have, but during this unprecedented time, institutions and students are struggling as they feel the impacts of the coronavirus,” Underwood said. “The CARES Act delivers urgently needed funding to help Illinois students cover the cost of food, housing and other basic essentials, and gives institutions in our community a lifeline to ensure they can come back from this crisis stronger than ever.”