Lofgren Announces More Than $44.5 Million in Federal Funding for Colleges & Universities to Fight COVID-19 in Santa Clara County

April 16, 2020
Press Release

SAN JOSE, CA – Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) announced that the U.S. Department of Education will provide five institutions in Santa Clara County with a total of $44,557,950 to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

This emergency funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“The pandemic has brought pain and changed life in Santa Clara County, including by putting an enormous strain on our higher education system,” said Rep. Lofgren. “I supported the CARES Act in Congress to immediately provide relief to families, workers, students, and businesses. It’s good news that five of our esteemed Santa Clara institutions are receiving a share of the federal funding to cope with this crisis.”

The following institutions in California’s 19th District will receive funding:

  • San Jose State University – $28,769,546
  • De Anza Community College – $7,235,258
  • Evergreen Valley College – $3,949,985
  • Gavilan College – $2,328,197
  • San Jose City College – $2,274,964

These institutions are required to distribute at least half of their CARES Act funding to students in the form of emergency cash grants to help students pay for housing, food, and other basic essentials.

This funding for higher education institutions does not include the separate $1 billion in grants provided in the CARES Act for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs).

On March 27, 2020, Lofgren announced her support for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.