Amarillo College helps students through federal coronavirus aid funds

The Washington Street campus of Amarillo College

After receiving $4,974,394 in aid through the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, act, officials with Amarillo College spoke about the use of those funds, as well as the additional federal funds the college received through legislation at the end of 2020 during the most recent Board of Regents meeting. 

According to previous reports from the Amarillo Globe-News, funds received by a higher education institution for COVID-19-related aid should be split in half, with at least 50 percent of the funds going to students through “emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations” during the ongoing pandemic. 

Out of its initial assistance, nearly $2.4 million went to aid for Amarillo College students, serving as an incentive for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, as well as giving students the opportunity to further apply for emergency aid.