Rep. Cisneros announces nearly $100 million in coronavirus aid for CA-39 students, colleges, and universities

Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) announced $99,084,294 in coronavirus aid for students, colleges, and universities in California’s 39th District. The funding comes from the Education Stabilization Fund established by the CARES Act stimulus package. Half of the money received must be distributed by the schools to students to meet unexpected and urgent needs related to the coronavirus, such as expenses related to food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care. California State University, Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, Fullerton College, and Mt. San Antonio College are receiving the funding.

“As a result of this pandemic, our schools have had to abruptly shut down and transition to online learning, upending the lives of countless students, many of whom rely on their school for food and housing,” said Rep. Cisneros. “In the bipartisan CARES Act, Congress made sure that we provide support for our students and higher education institutions to help get them through this difficult time. I will continue to advocate for more relief for our students, schools, and everyone affected by the coronavirus. We still have more work to do.”

“During these unprecedented times, we are thankful to the federal government for the opportunity to continue to support our students. We are working with various campus partners and the Department of Education to get these funds distributed to our students. We are thankful to Congressman Gil Cisneros for his continued support of our campus community during this time as well,” said Tami Bui, CSUF Associate Vice President of Government and Community Relations.

“We are extremely grateful to the U.S. Department of Education for their efforts to expeditiously make these funds available to campuses across the country and for Rep. Gil Cisneros and his continual efforts to advocate for Cal Poly Pomona,” said Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya M. Coley. “The coronavirus pandemic threatens to pull the rug out from higher education just when our communities need us the most. These funds will help stabilize institutions across California and ensure the continuity of operations so critical to helping our students succeed and progress towards graduation. Most importantly, funding is going directly and promptly to the students most in need of assistance.”

“This crisis has unmasked a number of challenges that members of our community face on a regular basis. Specifically, it has exposed the fact that students and families living in poverty are experiencing the worst of this crisis. These funds coming directly to Fullerton College will provide vital help to keep our students learning and engaged but more importantly safe and healthy. I’m deeply grateful for this support,” said Fullerton College President Greg Schulz.

“This will be a considerable boost for our students who are trying to continue their education and further their earning power for themselves and their families. With the college closed and unable to support special populations like foster youth or undocumented students, part of the funds will allow them to have access to the necessary resources,” said Mt. SAC President Bill Scroggins.

The CARES Act established the Education Stabilization Fund, which provides approximately $14 billion for institutions of higher education to directly support students facing urgent needs related to coronavirus. From this amount, just over $12.5 billion has been allocated to institutions of higher education across the country based on the proportion of Pell and non-Pell full-time-equivalent students who were not enrolled exclusively in distance education prior to the coronavirus emergency. Half of the money, reflected in the last column, must be distributed by the schools to students to meet unexpected and urgent needs related to the coronavirus, such as expenses related to food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care.

This article was released by the Office of Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr.

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