U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with Congressman Bruce Westerman, announced an additional round of coronavirus relief funding for Arkansas’s colleges and universities Friday to help ensure learning continues during the pandemic.
The funds totaling more than $14.5 million come from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These monies are provided in addition to the money previously allocated in the first round.
University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain will receive $26,516.
Institutions may use this funding to cover the cost of technology associated with a transition to distance education, grants to cover the costs of attendance for eligible students, and training for faculty and staff. Additionally, funds may be used to cover operational costs, such as lost revenue, reimbursements for prior expenses, and payroll.
Arkansas colleges and universities received over $100 million in the first round of emergency grants to support postsecondary students and institutes of higher education impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.