Meng Announces More Than $93.6 Million for Local Colleges, Universities and Students

May 11, 2021
Press Release
Biden-Harris Administration release funding levels under American Rescue Plan; funds include money for Queens College and Queensborough Community College
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) today announced more than $93.6 million in emergency funding for colleges, universities and students in her congressional district. The funding is allocated under the American Rescue Plan, the most recent COVID-19 relief package that Meng recently helped to pass in Congress.
 
The funding includes $51,931,565 for Queens College in Flushing and $41,670,718 for Queensborough Community College in Bayside.
 
The funds will help these local institutions cope with the severe financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and continue serving their students safely. At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to students who are facing hunger, homelessness and other hardship.
 
“These critical funds will be a huge boost to these two exceptional institutions in Queens and will provide needed relief to struggling students,” said Meng. “Our students are our future. We must make needed investments to ensure that COVID-19 is not a barrier to them finishing their studies. I am glad to see that funding from the American Rescue Plan continues to make its way to my district.”
 
The American Rescue Plan provides $36 billion for nearly 3,500 public and private, nonprofit colleges and universities nationwide. The legislation was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden in March.