Rep. Castor: Tampa Bay Students, Colleges and Universities Receive Historic Boost Under Democrats’ American Rescue Plan
Update on One Year Anniversary: $200 million helped support struggling FL14 students and local higher education institutions
Ahead of the one-year anniversary of Democrats’ American Rescue Plan, Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced that the landmark law has delivered $2.4 billion to Florida colleges, universities and students to help weather the Covid19 pandemic. Thanks to federal aid, Hillsborough Community College (HCC), the University of South Florida and other colleges were able to better weather the storm of the pandemic, while ensuring that Tampa Bay students stayed on track to graduate. At least half of these funds were used to provide direct financial relief to students.
“Thankfully, the American Rescue Plan provided an important bridge for students during the pandemic while local colleges and universities grappled with classes and revised schedules throughout the Covid19 pandemic,” said Rep. Castor. “One year after President Biden and the Democratic Congress delivered these historic investments, college students in the Tampa-area are rebounding. Importantly, struggling students directly received urgent relief to help them stay on track and complete their education, and Florida schools have the resources to continue serving students and bring down costs despite unprecedented health and learning challenges. Now, as we emerge from this pandemic, House Democrats are keeping up the fight to Build a Better America – especially for our students.”
“Last week at the Black, Brown and College Bound Summit, organized by HCC, students conveyed to me how the American Rescue Plan helped them stay on course during the very difficult days of the pandemic. I loved hearing directly from them on how meaningful the emergency aid was to them one year later and they are not alone.”
The American Rescue Plan delivered one of the largest one-time infusions of funding ever provided to America’s institutions of higher education. Distributed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), these investments are already having a significant impact. A recent survey of college presidents by the American Council on Education found that HEERF enabled:
Tampa-area schools receiving funds under the American Rescue Plan include: