Ky. colleges get $269 million for coronavirus help

Ky. colleges get $269 million for coronavirus help

KENTUCKY (WFIE) - More COVID-19 relief funding is on the way for several Kentucky colleges and universities.

For this round of funds, a total of more than $269 million will be divvied out.

“It’s my understanding the federal government has a formula,” Fr. Larry Hostetter, the president of Brescia University said. “The federal government has all of our statistics. We submit that every year. In terms of enrollment, how many of our students are eligible for Pell Grants.”

On the local level, Henderson Community College is receiving $1.8 million, Brescia University is collecting $1.2 million, Kentucky Wesleyan College is acquiring $1.5 million and Owensboro Community and Techincal College is receiving $4.3 million.

Madisonville Community College is also set to receive $2.9 million.

“In higher education, obviously especially at a smaller private institution like ourselves, we’re reliant on a lot of the regular operations, and so when you can’t plan for these types of funding to come through, it’s certainly much appreciated when they do,” Eddie Kenney, the vice-president of advancement at Kentucky Wesleyan College said.

School administrators say they are waiting on guidance from the government on how they can spend the money.

“I know some of it has to go to help students,” Hostetter said. “And the other is for any kind of pandemic expenses that are expenses that we normally wouldn’t have, also loss of revenue.”

Last year, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act delivered a total of over $156 million to Kentucky’s colleges and universities.

Schools could transfer the emergency financial aid to students to help pay for course materials, technology, housing, food, healthcare, and childcare costs.

Brescia University and Kentucky Wesleyan College representatives tell 14 News they have not cut any programs.

“I tell people because we’ve had a number of really good years before the pandemic with good enrollment that we’ve got a strong foundation,” Hostetter said. “And I’m glad we did because certainly like most institutions, we’re being battered financially by the pandemic.”

The state has informed 14 News that a total of over $204 million for the colleges and universities has risen to $269 million.

The state also told 14 News that Owensboro Community and Technical College has been added to the list and will obtain $4.3 million.

Alice Lloyd College


American College of Barbering


American National University


Appalachian Beauty School


Asbury Theological Seminary


Asbury University


Ashland Community and Technical College


ATA College


Barrett & Company School of Hair Design


Beckfield College


Bellarmine University


Berea College


Big Sandy Community and Technical College


Brescia University


Brighton Center’s Center for Employment Training


Campbellsville University


Centre College of Kentucky


Clear Creek Baptist Bible College


Eastern Kentucky University


Elizabethtown Community and Technical College


Employment Solutions


Galen Health Institutes


Gateway Community and Technical College


Georgetown College


Hazard Community and Technical College


Henderson Community College


Hopkinsville Community College


Ideal Beauty Academy


Jefferson Community and Technical College


Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology


Kentucky Christian University


Kentucky Horseshoeing School


Kentucky Mountain Bible College


Kentucky State University


Kentucky Wesleyan College


Lexington Healing Arts Academy


Lexington Theological Seminary


Lindsey Institute of Cosmetology


Lindsey Wilson College


Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary


Madisonville Community College


Maysville Community and Technical College


Medical Career and Technical College


MedQuest College


Midway University


Morehead State University


Murray State University


Northern Kentucky University


Owensboro Community and Technical College


Paul Mitchell The School ‐ Lexington


Paul Mitchell The School ‐ Louisville


PJ’s College of Cosmetology


PJ’s College of Cosmetology


Regina Webb Academy


Simmons College of Kentucky


Somerset Community College


Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College


Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College


Spalding University


Sullivan University


Summit Salon Academy


Thomas More University


Transylvania University


Tri‐State Barber College


Union College


University of Kentucky


University of Louisville


University of Pikeville


University of the Cumberlands


West Kentucky Community and Technical College


Western Kentucky University


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