WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) released the following statement announcing $3,105,530 in funding awarded to Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) and historically underfunded institutions in Nevada made available through the CARES Act. This funding may be used to cover the costs of attendance for eligible students and faculty and staff trainings. Additionally, funds may be used to cover operational costs, such as lost revenue, reimbursements for prior expenses, and payroll.

“The disruption caused by the pandemic has put a tremendous unforeseen financial strain on higher education institutions nationwide, especially on those that are historically underfunded,” said the Senators. “We’re glad to see much-needed government funding go to Nevada colleges and universities so that they can make the necessary transition to distance learning platforms to continue education curriculums during this pandemic. We will continue working to provide Nevada’s students, faculty, and institutions with the resources they need to recover from this unprecedented situation.”

BACKGROUND:  In order to access these funds, eligible institutions must sign a Certification and Agreement certifying that they will use their allocations in accordance with the CARES Act and all other applicable federal law. Schools have until Aug. 1, 2020, to apply for the funds. The Certification and Agreement, a cover letter, and the HEER Fund allocation tables by institution are available on the Office of Postsecondary Education's CARES Act website.

The breakdown of funds received by Nevada institutions’ can be found below:

 

Institution

Total

Breakdown

University of Nevada Las Vegas

$1,852,084

$95,547 for Strengthening Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving Institutions (AANAPISI) and $1,508,747 for Developing Hispanic-serving Institutions (DHSI)

College of Southern Nevada

$957,236

$56,872 for Strengthening Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving Institutions (AANAPISI) and $900,364 for Developing Hispanic-serving Institutions (DHSI)

Nevada State College

$184,611

$11,072 for Strengthening Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving Institutions (AANAPISI) and $173,539 for Developing Hispanic-serving Institutions (DHSI)

Western Nevada College

$88,152

$88,152 for Developing Hispanic-serving Institutions (DHSI)

Great Basin College

$23,447

$23,447 for Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP)

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