Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Deborah Ross (NC-02) announced more than $104 million in emergency funding for colleges, universities, and students in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District under the American Rescue Plan. The funding will help local institutions cope with the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue serving their students safely. At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to students who are facing hunger, homelessness, and other hardships.

The American Rescue Plan provides $36 billion for nearly 3,500 public and private nonprofit colleges and universities nationwide.

“Supporting North Carolina’s incredible students and academic institutions is critical to our state’s recovery from the pandemic,” said Congresswoman Ross. “Our schools, faculty, and students contribute to our local communities in countless ways, on top of bolstering the North Carolina economy and furthering our state’s research enterprise. The American Rescue Plan’s investment in local colleges and universities will provide much needed support for our students, educators, and researchers finding their footing again after such a turbulent year. I applaud the Biden administration for its continued commitment to the success and well-being of our local colleges, universities, and students.”

The colleges and universities in North Carolina’s 2nd district receiving funding under the American Rescue Plan are:

  • Meredith College: $4,257,278
  • NC State University: $50,204,023
  • Shaw University: $5,950,736
  • St. Augustine’s University: $3,976,365
  • Wake Technical Community College: $37,488,262
  • William Peace University: $2,797,917

Students should contact their institutions for more information about how they can apply for an emergency grant.

The American Rescue Plan also includes nearly $3 billion in additional funding to be distributed at a later date for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Minority-Serving Institutions, and other under-resourced institutions.

To read more about emergency education funding under the American Rescue Plan, click here.