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CONGRESSMAN BENNIE THOMPSON ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $400 MILLION FOR LOCAL COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, AND STUDENTS

May 12, 2021
Press Release

(BOLTON, MISSISSIPPI) – Congressman Bennie G. Thompson announced more than $400 million in emergency funding for colleges, universities, and students in Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District under the American Rescue Plan. The funding will help local institutions cope with the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue serving their students safely. At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to students who are facing hunger, homelessness, and other hardship.

The American Rescue Plan provides $36 billion for nearly 3,500 public and private, nonprofit colleges and universities nationwide.

The colleges and universities in Mississippi’s 2nd District receiving funding under the American Rescue Plan are:

Alcorn State University: $15,634,269

Belhaven University: $7,057,174

Coahoma Community College: $7,423,669

Copiah-Lincoln Community College: $7,046,632

Delta State University: $7,532,196

Hinds Community College: $35,133,504

Holmes Community College: $13,323,521

Jackson State University: $23,518,059

Millsaps College: $2,063,598

Mississippi Delta Community College: $8,335, 569

Mississippi Valley State University: $8,404,710

Tougaloo College: $4,053,573

Students should contact their institutions for more information about how they can apply for an emergency grant.

The American Rescue Plan also includes nearly $3 billion in additional funding – which will be distributed at a later date – for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), other Minority-Serving Institutions, and other under-resourced institutions.

To read more about emergency education funding under the American Rescue Plan, click here.