WEST CHESTER (April 11, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Education announced over $12 billion in funding for higher education institutions through the CARES Act. Multiple colleges and universities within Chester County are receiving this aid, of which at least half must be used as grants to students needing financial relief as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“This funding will provide welcome and much needed support for all facets of higher education institutions,” said State Senator Andy Dinniman, minority chair of the Senate Education Committee. 

All higher education institutions in Pennsylvania will receive some funding, and the amount each institution receives is related to its student enrollment. 

Chester County institutions of higher education are receiving as follows: 

  • Cheyney University: $663,615 ($331,808 for students) 
  • Lincoln University: $3,494,532 9$1,747,266 for students) 
  • West Chester University: $11,992,115 ($5,996,058 for students) 

Multiple local community colleges also received funding, as follows: 

  • Delaware County Community College: $5,360,154 ($2,680,077 for students) 
  • Montgomery County Community College: $4,090,103 ($2,045,052 for students) 
  • Reading Area Community College: $3,184,345 ($1,592,173) 

“Hopefully, this financial support will help higher education institutions and all their students get back on track and continue their stellar academic progress in the wake of this crisis,” Dinniman said.