Secretary DeVos Announces Emergency Assistance to Institutions of Higher Education

Secretary DeVos Announces Emergency Assistance to Institutions of Higher Education

August 28, 2018

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today more than $63 million in new federal assistance for 47 institutions of higher education under the Emergency Assistance to Institutions of Higher Education program. The program provides funding to institutions and their students in areas directly affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, or Maria or the 2017 California wildfires.

"This emergency assistance will provide vital resources for those whose lives were impacted by disasters in 2017," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. "As those on the ground work every day to recover, the Department of Education will continue to be a partner and resource to get institutions, students and faculty back on their feet."

The funding allocations were determined using information provided by each institution regarding the damage and recovery costs incurred by the disasters. Allocations also prioritized students who are homeless or at risk of homelessness due to displacement. Funds will be awarded following receipt of final application data.

Congress appropriated $100 million for this program, and funds are available for obligation by the Department until 2022. The first $63,059,988 has been allocated to the institutions listed below. The Department anticipates evaluating additional applications from these institutions and others as their regions recover. Staff will work closely with applicants to assess their needs so as to distribute remaining funds.

State Institution Amount
FL Ave Maria University $90,500
FL Daytona State College $290,750
FL Florida Keys Community College $3,170,000
FL Nova Southeastern University $908,861
FL Saint Leo University $464,363
PR American University of Puerto Rico $1,223,000
PR Caribbean University $2,592,592
PR Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe $20,736
PR EDP University of PR Inc $333,078
PR Escuela de Troqueleria y Herramentaje $147,500
PR ICPR Junior College $410,250
PR Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico, Guayama Campus $826,500
PR Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico, Manati Campus $664,500
PR Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus $596,750
PR Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico, San Juan Campus $1,566,750
PR Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla Campus $220,246
PR Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo Campus $503,220
PR Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Barranquitas Campus $466,696
PR Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon Campus $971,759
PR Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Fajardo Campus $240,652
PR Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Guayama Campus $564,472
PR Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Law School $99,941
PR Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus $1,189,064
PR Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus $616,792
PR Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San German Campus $831,021
PR Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry $944,463
PR Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico $1,448,982
PR Ponce Health Sciences University / Ponce Medical School Foundation $3,482,250
PR Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez, Inc. dba Universidad del Turabo $4,173,230
PR Universidad Central de Bayamon $2,312,500
PR Universidad del este/Barceloneta $174,475
PR Universidad del este/Cabo Rojo $166,991
PR Universidad del este/Carolina $976,945
PR Universidad del este/Santa Isabel Campus $149,903
PR Universidad del Este/Yauco Campus $158,144
PR Universidad del Sagrado Corazon $2,645,997
PR Universidad Metropolitana $2,162,640
PR Universidad Pentecostal Mizpa $104,801
PR University of Puerto Rico in Ponce $663,500
PR University of Puerto Rico at Carolina $517,362
PR University of Puerto Rico at Humacao $10,298,601
TX Houston Community College $570,662
TX Lamar University $513,000
TX Sam Houston State University $835,500
TX University of Houston-Clear Lake $75,598
TX Wharton County Junior College $500,000
VI University of the Virgin Islands $11,174,451
  Total $63,059,988

Congress also appropriated up to $75 million for the Defraying Costs of Enrolling Displaced Students program, which helps institutions recover the costs of generously supporting students who were displaced by the disasters. To date, $5,384,186 has been awarded, and the Department will evaluate all additional applications through October 31, 2018.