Underwood Announces Over $45 Million in Emergency Coronavirus Funding for Local Colleges and Universities

April 13, 2020
Press Release
At least half of the funding will be distributed to displaced students

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced that colleges and universities serving Illinois’ 14th District will receive over  $45 million in emergency funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Underwood strongly supported in Congress and was signed by the President on March 27. The CARES Act provides $14 billion in emergency higher education relief to help students and institutions during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At least half of the funds received by each institution will be distributed to students in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to help pay for housing, food, and other essentials.  

“Higher education is one of the most valuable resources we have, but during this unprecedented time, institutions and students are struggling as they feel the impacts of the coronavirus,” said Underwood. “The CARES Act delivers urgently needed funding to help Illinois students cover the cost of food, housing, and other basic essentials, and give institutions in our community a lifeline to ensure they can come back from this crisis stronger than ever.” 

Local colleges and universities receiving funding under the CARES Act include: 

  • College of Lake County: $4,973,042 
  • College of DuPage: $9,100,886 
  • Elgin Community College: $4,600,718 
  • Joliet Junior College: $5,497,625 
  • Kishwaukee College: $1,545,526 
  • McHenry County College: $2,254,053 
  • Northern Illinois University: $14,825,179 
  • Waubonsee Community College: $3,198,731