Community Colleges, UTPB to receive federal funds

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WASHINGTON (Big 2/Fox 24) – Nearly $3 million in federal funding will be given to colleges and Universities in Midland and Odessa, amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

According to a release from Sen. John Cornyn’s Office, Midland College, Odessa College and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin will each receive federal funds for their response to COVID-19.

Funding comes from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

Cornyn’s office says at least 50 percent of the funding must go to students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the outbreak.

“No Texan should have to give up their education because of the economic effects of the coronavirus,” said Sen. Cornyn. “In addition to allowing students to defer their federal student loan payments for six months, the CARES Act provides targeted funding to Texas institutions to help students continue their education – even if that means taking classes online.”

MC is slated to receive $1.6 million, OC $2.1 million and UTPB will receive $1.8 million.

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