Congresswoman Nikema Williams Announces More than $280 Million in Emergency Funding for Fifth District Higher Education Students and Institutions

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) announced the Fifth Congressional District will receive more than $280 million in emergency funding from the American Rescue Plan for students and higher education institutions. The funding will help local institutions cope with the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and allow them to 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.

“Higher education students and the institutions they attend in the Fifth District have changed the world,” said Congresswoman Williams. I am proud to announce this bold and visionary investment that will build on Georgia’s proud legacy. This much-needed funding will secure the future of our valued institutions and provide students with the urgent relief that will allow them to stay on the path to finish their education.” 

The colleges and universities in Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District receiving funding under the American Rescue Plan are:

  • Agnes Scott College: $3,084,811
  • Atlanta Technical College: $13,811,906
  • Clark Atlanta University: $16,505,072
  • Clayton State University: $19,935,146
  • Columbia Theological Seminary: $156,700
  • Emory University: $20,253,576
  • Georgia Institute of Technology: $28,274,533
  • Georgia State University: $142, 477, 982
  • Grady Health System: $235,836
  • Interdenominational Theological Center: $131,131
  • Morehouse College: $7,867,119
  • Morehouse School of Medicine: $356,067
  • Spelman College: $7,438,756

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, Tribal Colleges and Universities, other Minority-Serving Institutions, and other under-resourced institutions.


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