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Florida, Georgia universities look forward to federal aid

Posted at 11:11 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 23:11:28-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — More than $186 million is coming to universities like Florida A&M, Florida State and others in the sunshine state.

Georgia students are in line to get help as well.

U.S. Representative Al Lawson of Florida recently announced nine colleges including two in the Big Bend would receive a portion of the funds.

That money will come from the $900 billion stimulus bill passed in December, with some of that money going towards student grants.

With the pandemic hitting some harder than others, student leaders said it will be a great help.

"A lot of students aren't afforded the opportunity to be working right now because work is kind of hard to get with COVID a lot of things aren't in person. So it's hard for a lot of students to be able to get out there and get active like they usually would in a regular semester. So I feel like those extra funds can help," said Marcus Thomas, FAMU Student Senate Pro-Tempore.

In Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp allotting $5 million of federal aid for small grants to help juniors and seniors at public colleges finish school.

When it comes to which student receives the funds, that's up to the universities.

The stimulus package passed in December allotted nearly $23 billion for colleges and universities.