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University receives more than $3.4 million from CARES Act

Troy University has been awarded a total of $3.443 million by Gov. Kay Ivey, as part of the $75 million provided to higher education from CARES Act funds allocated to Alabama.

“In general, the funds are intended to reimburse the university for expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic from March 1 through Dec. 30, 2020, and are categorized for personal protective equipment, cleaning and sanitation, medical equipment and testing kits, telework equipment, workplace safety, remote learning and other related COVID-19 expenses,” the university said in a statement.

“Of the total, $1.39 million must be spent to enhance remote instruction and distance learning programs and infrastructure. The funds can be used for technology and infrastructure related to remote instruction and distance learning, providing critical funds to enhance the institutional experience and reimburse universities for cost incurred related to remote instruction,” the statement added.

Ivey last week awarded a total of $72.34 million of the Coronavirus Relief Fund for higher education institutions to support the purchase of technology and infrastructure related to remote instruction and distance learning.

“Since July, the state of Alabama has awarded $432,753,000 to various levels of education to ensure that we have a safe and smart continuation of educational instruction,” Ivey said. “COVID-19 has exposed deficiencies in our remote learning capabilities, and I am pleased to award our institutions of higher education the critical funds to enhance their instructional experience.”

“My office has received numerous CARES Act funding requests, and we are eager to help as many folks as possible. We are still reviewing them to ensure they meet eligibility under the letter of the law and will be forthcoming when finalized,” Ivey added.

The Alabama Community College System will receive $27,345,000.

  From the $300,000,000 for expenditures related to technology and infrastructure related to remote instruction and learning

  To support the purchase of technology hardware and software to facilitate distance education and remote learning at the state’s community colleges

  $8 million for a laptop loaner program to assist low-income and other students within special populations with remote learning

  $10 million for a statewide virtual desktop environment that will allow students to utilize institution owned software anywhere and at any time

  $2,920,000 for video conferencing equipment in a classroom at each community college

  $6,425,000 for Zoom rooms, next generation firewalls and online course assistance

Alabama Public 4-Year Institutions will receive $25,000,000.

  From the $300,000,000 for expenditures related to technology and infrastructure related   to remote instruction and learning

  To establish a reimbursement for universities for costs they are incurring related to remote instruction and learning

  Maximum allocations per institution have been established

  This is in addition to the $50 million the governor allocated on July 6, 2020, to assist the universities with COVID-related expenses

“While the Higher Education Partnership is energized by the return to campus of our students this fall, the year has certainly been filled with COVID-19 related challenges for Alabama’s 14 public universities,” Alabama Higher Education Partnership Executive Director Gordon Stone said. “Throughout the year, Governor Kay Ivey and her team have worked with the institutions to make sure that Alabama’s next generation of leaders have been served with a continuous learning experience.

Governor Ivey, for once again recognizing the importance of our students, faculty and staff with the latest round of CARES Act support.”

Alabama Independent Colleges will receive $20,000,000.

  From the $118,346,250 for any lawful purpose as provided by the United States Congress, the United States Treasury Department, or any other federal entity of competent jurisdiction

  To establish a reimbursement program to assist Independent Colleges with expenditures that they are incurring related to the coronavirus

  Maximum allocations per institution have been established

“On behalf of the 25,000 students at Alabama’s Independent Colleges, we want to express our sincere gratitude to the governor,” Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities President Paul Hankins said. “The additional support is greatly appreciated in this unprecedented time of financial need. These funds will go a long way to ensure our schools can remain open. Our colleges have done everything necessary to keep their students safe and on campus.”