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More relief funds go to Florida colleges. How much did your school get?

Tampa Bay schools got more than $250 million from the latest round of federal aid, much of it for student financial aid.
Walkways at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg were free of students on a Tuesday in October, during a school year defined by pandemic restrictions. The school, along with other colleges and universities, received another round of federal aid funds this week.
Walkways at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg were free of students on a Tuesday in October, during a school year defined by pandemic restrictions. The school, along with other colleges and universities, received another round of federal aid funds this week. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published May 12
Updated May 12

The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that more than $36 billion in emergency grants will be made available to more than 5,000 universities and colleges under the latest round of pandemic-related federal aid.

The money, including more than $250 million to Tampa Bay area schools, will be distributed through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III under the American Rescue Plan Act.

The act was signed into law in March and an additional $3 billion will be distributed later to historically black colleges and universities and other institutions serving underrepresented populations.

On Wednesday, the office of U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor announced the University of South Florida would receive about $102.3 million, Hillsborough Community College nearly $61 million and the University of Tampa about $18.4 million. The funds come in addition to federal relief funds received earlier in the pandemic.

Half of each institution’s allocation must be used for emergency financial aid grants to students and the rest may be used for institutional purposes. Undocumented and international students will be eligible for financial aid, though the Department of Education “encourages institutions to prioritize domestic students, especially undergraduates, in allocating this funding.”

The funding “will directly benefit students at the University of South Florida who have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” USF president Steve Currall said in a news release. “A top priority for USF throughout the pandemic has been the continuity of academic instruction and critical services to support the success of our students. We are grateful to receive this additional support, especially through funding to offset the financial strain on our students.”

Hillsborough Community College president Ken Atwater said he hopes the aid will expand access for students impacted by the pandemic.

The news follows a Board of Governor’s meeting Tuesday, where officials said they expected a $137 million increase to their base budget, a better showing than anticipated during the pandemic.

Below is a breakdown of how local and state schools fared under the latest round of federal funding:

University of South Florida:

Total: $102,286,829

Minimum for student aid: $52,005,995

Hillsborough Community College:

Total: $60,701,920

Minimum for student aid: $31,375,426

University of Tampa:

Total: $18,395,344

Minimum for student aid: $9,197,672

Eckerd College:

Total: $4,024,678

Minimum for student aid: $2,012,339

Saint Leo University:

Total: $19,559,452

Minimum for student aid: $11,145,277

St. Petersburg College:

Total: $50,253,543

Minimum for student aid: $26,996,523

Stetson University:

Total: $9,319,255

Minimum for student aid: $4,660,216

University of Central Florida:

Total: $155,298,007

Minimum for student aid: $79,272,544

Florida International University:

Total: $120,768,382

Minimum for student aid: $62,758,318

University of Florida:

Total: $87,792,683

Minimum for student aid: $44,650,958

Florida State University:

Total: $80,031,431

Minimum for student aid: $40,187,282

Florida Atlantic University:

Total: $69,493,600

Minimum for student aid: $35,212,944

Florida A&M University:

Total: $36,545,028

Minimum for student aid: $18,272,514

University of North Florida:

Total: $35,059,046

Minimum for student aid: $17,699,018

Florida Gulf Coast University:

Total: $32,717,572

Minimum for student aid: $16,473,366

University of West Florida:

Total: $21,806,483

Minimum for student aid: $11,269,751

Florida Polytechnic University:

Total: $3,243,561

Minimum for student aid: $1,621,781

New College:

Total: $2,157,665

Minimum for student aid: $1,078,833

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