American Rescue Plan Provides Millions of Funding to California Community Colleges

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The recently passed American Rescue Plan is set to distribute tens of millions of dollars in relief funds to Bay Area community colleges, Representative Anna Eshoo said on Monday.

The bill that United States President Joe Biden signed last week, the $1.9 trillion stimulus package, will give $40 billion to higher education institutions, about $2.2 billion of which will go to community colleges across California and their students.

American Rescue Plan

During a briefing with community college officials on Monday, Eshoo said the relief funds would provide eight-figure investments in post-secondary education in the Bay Area.

“Community colleges are very special to me because I’m a product of a community college, and I’ve always been proud of that,” said Eshoo.

About $10.7 million will go to the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, the Canada College will get about $5.5 million, about $10.5 million will be given to the San Jose City College, and about $8.3 million will go to the West Valley College.

The American Rescue Plan will provide funding to all 116 community colleges across California and will give out money that could be used for student grants, NBC Bay Area reported.

“I have no doubt that you’re going to make very good use of these dollars. And I’m very proud that higher education was a top priority for us as we shaped this legislation,” Eshoo said.

Danielle Joyce Ong

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