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College students get federal COVID aid

SARANAC LAKE — The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act supplies for $14 billion for higher education students and institutions, including $26 million for colleges and universities in New York’s 21st Congressional District, according to U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, who represents the North Country region.

The two colleges around Saranac Lake, North Country Community College and Paul Smith’s College, will each receive in the neighborhood of $1 million.

Over half will go to students in the form of financial aid grants.

Funds dispersed to institutions will be based on their total student enrollment and their enrollment of low-income students receiving Pell grants. Of the total amount allocated to each institution, at least 50% must be used to provide emergency financial aid grants to student to help them cover COVID-19-related expenses.

The Department of Education has already disbursed the portion of the funding to be allocated as emergency aid to students and will disburse the remaining funds in the coming weeks.

“College students across the country have seen their lives and education significantly disrupted due to the COVID-19 crisis,” Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, said in a press release.

Breakdown

¯ Adirondack Community College: $2,558,377

¯ Clarkson University: $2,590,707

¯ Clinton Community College: $765,962

¯ Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington BOCES: $82,722

¯ Fulton-Montgomery Community College: $1,635,420

¯ Jefferson Community College: $2,361,051

¯ Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Program of Practical Nursing: $105,234

¯ North Country Community College: $1,111,281

¯ Paul Smith’s College: $922,258

¯ Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing: $110,633

¯ SUNY Plattsburgh: $5,258,169

¯ SUNY Potsdam: $4,389,510

¯ SUNY Canton: $2,510,929

¯ St. Lawrence University: $1,808,349

¯ Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES: $22,752

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