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
Ashland Community and Technical College
Barrett & Company School of Hair Design
Big Sandy Community and Technical College
Brighton Center’s Center for Employment Training
Centre College of Kentucky
Clear Creek Baptist Bible College
Eastern Kentucky University
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
Galen Health Institutes
Gateway Community and Technical 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
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
Summit Salon Academy
Thomas More University
Tri‐State Barber College
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Pikeville
University of the Cumberlands
West Kentucky Community and Technical College
Western Kentucky University