Cori Bush Announces $100 Million for St. Louis Colleges and Students Under American Rescue Plan

Congressman Cori Bush announced Friday that colleges, universities and students in the St. Louis area will receive over $ 100 million in emergency funds as part of the US rescue plan.

“Ensuring the success of our local colleges and universities is critical to the St. Louis area, our country and our world,” said Bush, a Democrat who serves the Missouri 1st Congressional District.

At least half of the funds for each institution are earmarked for direct distribution to students in need in the form of emergency grants. These grants can be used for essential things like food and rent for students facing the challenges of poverty while trying to earn their college degree.

“I am proud that our work on the American rescue plan has helped secure this historic investment in higher education and has given students the relief they need to continue their education,” said Bush.

Educational institutions and their students in and around St. Louis have faced significant financial consequences throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Institutions had to operate very different budgets than normal with atypical student enrollments. Some institutions had personal students who paid for room and board on campus, while others did not.

The students also faced unusual circumstances, including regular work, housing, and scholarship opportunities. During the pandemic, more college students than ever faced housing and food insecurity.

Congressman Cori Bush announced Friday that colleges, universities and students in the St. Louis area will receive over $ 100 million in emergency funds as part of the US rescue plan. Here Bush is pictured in front of the US Capitol on April 22, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Bush district institutions to be funded include Concordia Seminary, Eden Theological Seminary, Fontbonne University, Harris-Stowe State University, Saint Louis Community College, the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy at St. Louis, Saint Louis University, and the University of Missouri. St. Louis and Washington University in St. Louis. According to a press release from Bush’s office, students at these universities should contact their administrations directly to find out how to access these emergency grants.

The American Rescue Plan provides approximately $ 3 billion in additional funding to be distributed to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), and other low-resource institutions. As part of the plan, approximately $ 36 billion has been allocated to emergency grants in post-secondary education in America.

When the House first passed the US $ 1.9 trillion bailout plan in February 2021, Bush, who served on the House Oversight and Reform Committee and worked to pass the bill, issued the following statement: the St. Louis area – including more than $ 500 million for St. Louis City. From Ferguson to Florissant, from The Ville to Carondelet Park, this relief and much more in direct help will keep the roofs over people’s heads and the food on the families’ tables. “

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