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Courtney Announces More Than $92 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding for Institutions of Higher Education in Eastern Connecticut

May 11, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced the official allocation of more than $92 million in American Rescue Plan funding that will provide continued support to eastern Connecticut colleges and universities, community colleges, and other institutions of higher education. The funding is provided by the American Rescue Plan Act’s (H.R. 1319) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) program, with a new formula requiring approximately half of the funding to be used by each institution to provide direct relief to students. Rep. Courtney is a senior member of the House Education and Labor Committee, and worked with his colleagues to draft and authorize the provisions in the American Rescue Plan that authorized this new round of relief funding for local institutions of higher education. For a full list of local HEERF III funding allocations, click here.

“Keeping our schools open is in the first row of priorities when it comes to getting life back to normal, and getting peoples’ careers and our economy back on track,” said Rep. Courtney. “That’s why the American Rescue Plan is delivering new funding directly to our local universities, community colleges and others, helping them offset costs and making sure that whatever speedbumps and challenges lie ahead, they’ve got the support to stay ahead of the curve, to stay open, and to ensure that a year of disrupted learning isn’t compounded even further. A well-trained, well-educated workforce is essential to the present and future strength of our communities and our economy, and our local universities and community colleges are who we depend on to keep us competitive. The American Rescue Plan is continuing to fuel eastern Connecticut’s recovery, and it’s good to see these federal dollars come home to institutions where they’ll be highly effective.”

According to the final allocations released by the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary Miguel Cardona, eastern Connecticut institutions of higher education are set to receive over $92 million in HEERF III funding through the American Rescue Plan Act. Seven institutions will receive new Rescue Plan funding, including Asnuntuck Community College ($4.7 million), Three Rivers Community College ($9.5 million), Eastern Connecticut State University ($12.4 million), the University of Connecticut ($56.9 million), and others. For the full list of HEERF III funding allocations in eastern Connecticut, click here.

The new funding is eligible for use in a range of important efforts, from helping institutions offset the cost of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and providing vaccination opportunities, to student retention and reengagement, and providing direct support students with exceptional needs. Click here for the Department of Education’s updated guidance on how institutions can use this funding.

Courtney has worked to support eastern Connecticut’s community colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education, as well as its K-12 schools, throughout COVID-19. Yesterday, he announced more than $121 million in new American Rescue Plan support for K-12 schools throughout CT-02. Click here to read more.

Last year, Courtney’s bill to protect federal Impact Aid for public schools, particularly those in Ledyard and Groton, was signed into law by President Trump. Of the more than 14,000 bills introduced to the House and Senate throughout the previous 116th Congress, Courtney’s Impact Aid Coronavirus Relief Act was one of only 344 to be made law. In Groton and Ledyard alone, public schools support the education of nearly 2,000 schoolchildren from families that rely on federal Educational Impact Aid funding. Click here to read more.