Morgan State University's Holmes Hall (Morgan State University News Service via NNPA Newswire)
Morgan State University's Holmes Hall (Morgan State University News Service via NNPA Newswire)

Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Rep. Steny Hoyer are part of a Maryland congressional delegation that announced Wednesday more than $46 million for the state’s four HBCUs, minority-serving institutions, and colleges serving large populations of low-income students.

The supplemental funding, which will assist institutions such as Morgan State University and the University of Baltimore, can be used to cover the costs of attendance for eligible students, technology associated with a transition to distance education, and faculty and staff training.

The money is part of the recently government-mandated Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that have helped America deal with the ongoing pandemic.

“Maryland’s historically Black colleges and universities, minority-serving institutions, and community colleges serving high populations of low-income students play a critically important role in our communities,” the delegation said in a statement. “We fought to obtain dedicated assistance to ensure that they have the resources to make it through this challenging time. The federal funding will help these institutions continue to educate and serve the needs of their students.”

Of the $14.25 billion provided for higher education relief nationally through the CARES Act, Congress set aside $1.05 billion for HBCUs and minority-serving institutions and $344 million for schools determined to have the greatest unmet needs related to COVID-19.

The money can also be used to cover operational costs including lost revenue, reimbursements for prior expenses, and payroll.

The full breakdown of funding:

• $19,040,779 for Morgan State University
• $13,707,787 for Bowie State University
• $7,840,808 for University of Maryland Eastern Shore
• $4,206,497 for Coppin State University
• $459,430 for Community College of Baltimore County
• $215,184 for Anne Arundel Community College
• $192,461 for Frostburg State University
• $187,438 for Baltimore City Community College
• $177,071 for University of Baltimore
• $128,733 for College of Southern Maryland
• $115,500 for Hagerstown Community College
• $90,825 for Wor-Wic Community College
• $63,004 for Bais HaMedrash and Mesivta of Baltimore
• $57,489 for Washington Adventist University
• $48,443 for Notre Dame of Maryland University
• $45,101 for Chesapeake College
• $44,527 for Montgomery College
• $37,672 for University of Maryland Baltimore County
• $24,674 for Garrett College
• $14,167 for Capitol Technology University
• $4,514 for Faith Theological Seminary

The delegation has previously announced funding for Maryland through the CARES Act including $1.6 million to create temporary disaster relief jobs, $45 million for child care centers, $45 million for the Governor’s emergency education relief fund, $107 million for airports, $742 million

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