$2.3M available to EAC through CARES Act

THATCHER – The CARES Act could mean an additional $2.3 million coming to Eastern Arizona College.

The CARES Act is designed to help colleges and universities cover some of the costs associated from shifting to online education as well as any additional expenses incurred by students due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an e-mail to Gila Valley Central, Keith Alexander, EAC Special Assistant to the President for Community and Government Relations, said, “The money allocated is formula driven and has restrictions on how it can be used. The U.S. Department of Education is still fine-tuning some of the requirements. Based on available information, the American Association of Community Colleges estimates that Eastern Arizona College qualifies for up to $1,139,500 in assistance for COVID-19 related expenses. It also estimates that up to another $1,139,500 will be available for EAC to utilize as direct grants to students attending EAC. This is a potential $2,279,000 for EAC and students that were authorized by our Arizona congressional delegation and President Trump.”

The funding will be made available to institutions through the Department of Education, as part of the Education Emergency Relief Fund

“Arizona college students have seen their lives disrupted in a major way due to the coronavirus outbreak,” said U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz. “We want to make sure they are able stay on track and continue their education, without an additional and unexpected financial burden. I’m grateful to see incredible innovation from Arizona’s higher education institutions as we all adapt in these difficult times.”