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May 11, 2021

Aguilar announces $159 million for local colleges

U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar has announced more than $159 million in American Rescue Plan emergency funding for colleges, universities and students in California’s 31st Congressional District, including more than $8.8 million for the University of Redlands.

The funding will allow these institutions to offset losses from the COVID-19 crisis and continue providing high-quality education while ensuring student safety. At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed in the form of emergency financial assistance grants to students who are facing hunger, homelessness and other hardship, said a press release.

Aguilar voted to pass the American Rescue Plan, President Biden’s COVID-19 relief package that provides $36 billion for nearly 3,500 public and private, nonprofit colleges and universities nationwide.

“Passing the American Rescue Plan was all about giving communities like ours resources to overcome this crisis and come out the other side stronger,” said Aguilar. “The Inland Empire’s colleges and universities allow our young people the opportunity to gain a top-notch education right here in our region. These institutions are cornerstones of our community that create jobs and spur the progress that helps drive our local economy, and I’ll continue to support them.”