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March 8, 2022

ICYMI: Rep. Kirkpatrick Highlights Arizona Colleges and Universities Funding, $716 Million Under Democrats’ American Rescue Plan

[Washington, D.C.] – Ahead of the one-year anniversary of Democrats’ American Rescue Plan, Rep. Kirkpatrick announced that the landmark law has delivered $716 million to 72 Arizona colleges and universities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  These investments are helping make institutions of higher education – especially community colleges – more affordable while ensuring Arizona students stay on track to graduate.  At least half of these funds are being used to provide direct financial relief to students.

“As a former teacher, I know first-hand the long-term value return when we invest in schools and students. By casting my vote for the American Rescue Plan, I was proud to help secure urgently-needed funding to strengthen Arizona schools and support college students in our state,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick.  “One year after President Biden and the Democratic Congress enacted these historic investments, Arizona campuses are seeing results.  Thanks to Democrats’ American Rescue Plan, Arizona colleges and universities have the resources to continue serving students and bring down costs despite unprecedented health and learning challenges.  Now, as we emerge from this pandemic, House Democrats are fighting to Build a Better America – especially for our students.”

The American Rescue Plan delivered one of the largest one-time infusions of funding ever provided to America’s colleges and universities.  Distributed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), these investments are already having a significant impact.  A recent survey of college presidents by the American Council on Education found that HEERF enabled:

·  93 percent of colleges to provide direct financial support to students at risk of dropping out

·  81 percent of colleges to keep student net prices similar to pre-pandemic levels

·  70 percent of colleges to continue to employ faculty, staff, and other employees otherwise at risk of unemployment

·  63 percent of colleges to keep students and faculty safe by purchasing COVID-19 tests, health screenings, and health care

As part of a state-by-state breakdown of funding, the Administration reported that these American Rescue Plan funds included significant investments in key institutions in Arizona, including:

• Approximately $308 million for community colleges 

• Over $19 million for 2 TCCUs 

• Over $627 million for 19 MSIs – which includes Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Predominantly Black Institutions, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, and Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions.

Community colleges in Arizona receiving American Rescue Plan funds include: 

• Pima County Community College: $40,758,947 

• Glendale Community College: $35,198,032 

• Mesa Community College: $32,840,295 

• Phoenix College: $21,640,877 

• Estrella Mountain Community College: $20,462,956 

TCCUs in Arizona receiving American Rescue Plan funds include: 

• Dine College: $15,160,704 

• Tohono O’odham Community College: $4,476,105 

MSIs in Arizona receiving American Rescue Plan funds include: 

• Arizona State University: $194,604,980 

• University of Arizona (The): $88,935,138 

• Northern Arizona University: $70,386,009 

• Pima County Community College: $40,758,947 

• Glendale Community College: $35,198,032 

Examples of other colleges and universities in Arizona receiving American Rescue Plan funds include: 

• Chandler – Gilbert Community College: $18,270,819 

• Arizona Western College: $17,374,790 

• Rio Salado Community College: $15,151,923

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