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FAMU prepares for new federal stimulus funds

Posted at 7:16 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 19:16:18-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Colleges and universities across the country are now looking forward to their share of the $900 billion stimulus plan approved by Congress Monday.

ABC 27 spoke with President Dr. Larry Robinson at Florida A&M University.

He said, while the $22.7 billion dollars set aside for higher education may not cover all of the universities' needs, it will make a significant dent.

Robinson expects to use the funds to assist with revenue associated with lower student enrollment, like less money from room and board. But, he added that helping students financially is his top priority.

"I think the greatest need is funds to support students, right? Period. And, I think this act has done something significant there in terms of the Pell Grant increases that it's providing for students, then, of course, we'll be getting some additional funds to support students as well," said Robinson.

He added that, despite a four percent decrease in enrollment, they are very pleased with the numbers expected for spring. He also plans to use some of the stimulus money to help with student recruitment and retention.