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DeVos Announces Funds for Students, Colleges Impacted by Hurricanes

The Department of Education will reallocate $22.9 million in unexpended funds to assist students and universities affected by hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced on Tuesday the reallocation of $22.9 million in unexpended funds to assist students and universities in FEMA-declared major disaster areas affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

“Students and institutions devastated by last year’s hurricanes need and deserve our continued support,” said DeVos. “These additional funds will help provide the resources colleges and universities require as they continue to assist hurricane-impacted students get life back to normal.”

The department will allocate $5.4 million to students through the Federal Supplemental Education Opporunity Grant (FSEOG) Program at 285 colleges and universities, including 277 postsecondary schools located in Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Since September 2017, the department has provided over $13 million in additional relief funds through the FSEOG program, according to the press release.

Click here to access the list of colleges and universities that have received FSEOG reallocation funds.

The department will also provide $17.5 million through the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program, which provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need. These specific funds will go to 1,179 colleges and universities, including 321 postsecondary schools in the affected areas.

Thus far, the department has reallocated $27.9 million to impacted colleges and universities through the FWS program.

Click here to access the list of colleges and universities that have received FSW reallocation funds.

Back in February, the Department announced a $2.7 billion budget, authorized by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, to help K-12 school districts and higher education institutes in recovery efforts.

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