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Central Texas schools to receive $14.2M Federal grant for coronavirus response, Cornyn says

The grant funding comes from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the CARES Act, which Sen. Cornyn supported in the Senate in March.
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WASHINGTON — Several Central Texas schools in the Waco, Killeen, and Temple region will receive $14,264,880 in federal grants to respond to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, according to U.S. Senator John Cornyn.  

The grant funding comes from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the CARES Act, which Sen. Cornyn supported in the Senate in March.  

At least 50 percent of each grant must go towards providing students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. The CARES Act allows each institution's discretion in how to award this assistance to its students.

“No Texan should have to give up their education because of the economic effects of the coronavirus,” Cornyn said.  “In addition to allowing students to defer their federal student loan payments for six months, the CARES Act provides targeted funding to Texas institutions to help students continue their education, even if that means taking classes online.”

In total, Texas institutions of higher education were awarded more than $1 billion of the $14 billion available. Broken up by school, total aid, student aid portion and city, the following is the amount of money each school will receive.

  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, $3,548,693, $1,774,347, Belton
  • Central Texas College District, $4,544,176, $2,272,088, Killeen
  • Texas A&M University-Central Texas, $1,318,324, $659,162, Killeen
  • Temple College, $2,937,041, $1,468,521, Temple
  • Baylor College of Medicine, $506,003, $253,002, Waco
  • Baylor University, $10,777,489, $5,388,745, Waco
  • McLennan Community College, $4,898,030, $2,449,015, Waco

Sen. Cornyn’s website has additional resources for Texans during the coronavirus outbreak here.

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