FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Money from the $2.2 trillion stimulus and coronavirus relief package approved by Congress last month continues to pour into the state.
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is projecting that the federal CARES Act will provide at least $156 million in relief funds this year to Kentucky colleges and universities, including $78 million to help students with expenses related to disruptions to their education during the COVID-19 outbreak.
In addition, another $43,799,187 from the U.S. Department of Education will help meet students’ and institutions’ needs through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Because of the unique challenges facing students, school districts, and colleges and universities, the CARES Act provides extraordinary flexibility to governors to use these emergency federal resources. After completing the application process, Gov. Andy Beshear will be able to rush funding to K-12 schools and higher education institutions based on the Commonwealth’s needs, McConnell said of the $43.8 million.
Meanwhile, officials from the CPE finalized the analysis of the $156 million following guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. The totals include all of the state’s public universities, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and private institutions within the commonwealth.
“Higher education is critical to our state’s economic recovery, and these funds will help campuses target aid to where it’s needed most,” said CPE President Dr. Aaron Thompson. “We are grateful to our federal partners for providing swift relief and for recognizing our unique mission in the months to come, particularly in workforce development and health care.”
The $2.2 trillion federal stimulus package provided nearly $14 billion in overall aid for higher education. Of the $156 million headed to Kentucky, half is earmarked to assist students with emergency needs like technology expenses, food, housing and childcare as a result of the pandemic.
The federal Department of Education announced last week that it will immediately distribute the student assistance funds to colleges and universities, which will provide the relief to students through emergency cash grants.
“These grants will provide a crucial safety net for students whose lives and education were disrupted, and I’m certain we’ll see more students staying on track to graduate as a result,” Thompson said.
Each campus is in the process of developing its own guidelines for awarding the funds to students under parameters set by the federal education department and the CARES Act.
Federal officials said institutions will receive the remaining allocations and more guidance in coming weeks. Campuses may use those amounts to respond to costs resulting from COVID-19, including the cost of moving to online coursework and other changes in instruction.
Below is a breakdown of how the $156 million in CARES Act funds will be distributed to Kentucky campuses. Grants to students are included in the total allocation amount.
|Institution||Total Allocation||Grants to Students|
|Eastern Kentucky University||$10,542,767||$5,271,384|
|Kentucky State University||$1,372,077||$686,039|
|Morehead State University||$6,016,440||$3,008,220|
|Murray State University||$6,270,769||$3,135,385|
|Northern Kentucky University||$7,998,963||$3,999,482|
|University of Kentucky||$17,811,058||$8,905,529|
|University of Louisville||$12,478,790||$6,239,395|
|Western Kentucky University||$10,636,493||$5,318,247|
|Alice Lloyd College||$754,640||$377,320|
|Kentucky Christian University||$531,102||$265,551|
|Kentucky Wesleyan College||$843,204||$421,602|
|Lindsey Wilson College||$2,587,859||$1,293,930|
|Thomas More College||$1,329,216||$664,608|
|University of Pikeville||$1,566,531||$783,266|
|University of the Cumberlands||$2,796,798||$1,398,399|
|Ashland Community and Technical College||$1,897,125||$948,563|
|Big Sandy Community and Technical College||$1,809,773||$904,887|
|Bluegrass Community and Technical College||$4,961,119||$2,480,560|
|Elizabethtown Community and Technical College||$2,426,734||$1,213,367|
|Gateway Community and Technical College||$1,797,783||$898,892|
|Hazard Community and Technical College||$1,248,333||$624,167|
|Henderson Community College||$806,658||$403,329|
|Hopkinsville Community College||$1,399,325||$699,663|
|Jefferson Community and Technical College||$5,179,693||$2,589,847|
|Madisonville Community College||$1,069,051||$534,526|
|Maysville Community and Technical College||$1,992,396||$996,198|
|Owensboro Community and Technical College||$1,789,723||$894,862|
|Somerset Community College||$3,029,445||$1,514,723|
|Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College||$2,424,487||$1,212,244|
|Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College||$1,616,993||$808,497|
|West Kentucky Community and Technical College||$2,444,514||$1,222,257|
|American College of Barbering||$114,269||$57,135|
|American National University-Lexington||$501,696||$250,848|
|Appalachian Beauty School||$94,425||$47,213|
|Asbury Theological Seminary||$260,367||$130,184|
|Barrett and Company School of Hair Design||$70,869||$35,435|
|Brighton Center’s Center for Employment Training||$92,638||$46,319|
|Clear Creek Baptist Bible College||$41,384||$20,692|
|Employment Solutions-College for Technical Education||$275,569||$137,785|
|Galen College of Nursing-Louisville||$9,167,121||$4,583,561|
|Ideal Beauty Academy||$50,189||$25,095|
|Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology||$76,044||$38,022|
|Kentucky Horseshoeing School||$41,510||$20,755|
|Kentucky Mountain Bible College||$68,799||$34,400|
|Lexington Healing Arts Academy||$58,500||$29,250|
|Lexington Theological Seminary||$7,748||$3,874|
|Lindsey Institute of Cosmetology||$69,690||$34,845|
|Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary||$45,392||$22,696|
|Medical Career & Technical College||$221,558||$110,779|
|Paul Mitchell the School-Lexington||$302,711||$151,356|
|Paul Mitchell the School-Louisville||$258,448||$129,224|
|PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green||$539,531||$269,766|
|PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Glasgow||$107,097||$53,549|
|Regina Webb Academy||$44,105||$22,053|
|Simmons College of Kentucky||$240,805||$120,403|
|Summit Salon Academy-Lexington||$246,137||$123,069|
|Tri-State Barber College||$33,384||$16,692|