Samara Sheff


Biden-Harris Administration releases American Rescue Plan funding for local institutions; At least half of the funding will be distributed to students as emergency financial aid


Today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore announced more than $117 million in emergency funding for colleges, universities, and students in Wisconsin’s Fourth 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.


“Wisconsin has top-notch universities that provide a stellar education and training, drawing people in nationally and internationally. Many local students at colleges and universities have faced financial struggles due to the pandemic, and it’s important that we respond to their needs by investing in their success. That’s why I am thrilled to announce funding that will allow these students to continue following their dreams, pursuing an education, and meet their basic needs.


I am also pleased that President Biden has lifted Trump’s mean-spirited, xenophobic ban on federal relief funds being used to support undocumented students. Immigrant students enrich our universities and this pandemic has hit all students hard without regard to immigration status, and many have seen their education and lives turned upside down,” said Congresswoman Moore.


Today, President Biden also announced guidance that ends President Trump’s ban on undocumented students accessing COVID-19 relief funds.


The colleges and universities in Wisconsin’s Fourth District receiving funding under the American Rescue Plan are:


Alverno College: $5,081,564

Cardinal Stretch University: $3,238,119

Marquette University: $17,408,796

Milwaukee Area Technical College: $36,364,879

Milwaukee School of Engineering $ 5,986,782

Mount Mary University: $3,310,840

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: $49,700,067


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.

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