Money

Orange Coast College has received $9.1 million in emergency federal grants, with at least $4.5 million of the funds to be used as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students, the Department of Education announced today.

Rep. Harley Rouda (CA-48), announced colleges and universities in his district will receive a total of more than $17 million to help cover financial losses as part of the CARES Act. At least half of the funding to institutions is required to be distributed to students in the form of emergency cash grants to help them pay for housing, food and other basic essentials.

In addition to OCC, grants will also go to Golden West College, Coastline College, Vanguard University and the Laguna College of Art and Design in addition to others in Orange County.

“The CARES Act empowers the Coast Community College District to support our students in a time of tremendous upheaval, while allowing them to continue their educational journey so that they will be ready to embrace their future when this crisis ends,” said Coast Community College District Chancellor, John Weispfenning. “The flexibility in this funding means that we can meet our students where they are, whether they need direct financial support, access to technology that allows for online instruction, or continuation of wrap-around services at a distance.”

Rouda added that the funds are expected to help students during the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down on-campus learning and forced many students out of their jobs.

“COVID-19 has disrupted Orange County students’ education, housing, meal programs and on-campus jobs," said Rouda. "These critical emergency grants will help our struggling students as they continue to pursue higher education via distance learning.”

The funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed last month. The U.S. Department of Education released allocations under the act today.

Students should contact their college or university for emergency financial aid grants. Residents of the 48th Congressional District who have questions can reach out to Rouda's office at (202) 225-2415.

Here is a list of colleges and the awards given:

Golden West College received a total $4,318,142, with $2,159,071 as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.

Vanguard University Of Southern California received a total $1,879,831, with $939,916 as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.

Laguna College Of Art And Design received a total $661,479, with $330,740 as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.

Coastline Community College received a total $634,209, with $317,105 as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.

Soka University Of America received a total $351,126, with $175,563 as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.

Pacific College received a total $283,666, with $141,833 as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.

Interior Designers Institute received a total $100,622, with $50,311 as the minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.