Education Department Announces Emergency Grants for Higher Ed

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced more than $36 billion in emergency grants under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act for postsecondary education.

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel CardonaU.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona

These grants will help over 5,000 higher ed institutions provide emergency financial aid to students.

ARP will give more than $10 billion to community colleges, more than $2.6 billion to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), approximately $190 million to Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), and more than $6 billion to minority-serving institutions such as Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions (AANAPISIs).

The Department released guidance on how schools can use these funds to support students.