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CARES Act Distribution

Kentucky higher education to receive at least $156M in federal relief

CPE is projecting that the federal CARES Act will provide at least $156 million in relief funds this year to Kentucky colleges and universities, including $78 million to help students with expenses related to disruptions to their education during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Officials from the CPE finalized the analysis last week following guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. The totals include all of the state’s public universities, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and private institutions within the commonwealth.

“Higher education is critical to our state’s economic recovery, and these funds will help campuses target aid to where it’s needed most,” said CPE President Dr. Aaron Thompson. “We are grateful to our federal partners for providing swift relief and for recognizing our unique mission in the months to come, particularly in workforce development and health care.”

The $2.2 trillion federal stimulus package – passed last month in response to COVID-19 – provided nearly $14 billion in overall aid for higher education. Of the $156 million headed to Kentucky, half is earmarked to assist students with emergency needs like technology expenses, food, housing and childcare as a result of the pandemic.

The federal Department of Education announced last week that it will immediately distribute the student assistance funds to colleges and universities, which will provide the relief to students through emergency cash grants.

“These grants will provide a crucial safety net for students whose lives and education were disrupted, and I’m certain we’ll see more students staying on track to graduate as a result,” Thompson said.

Each campus is in the process of developing its own guidelines for awarding the funds to students under parameters set by the federal education department and the CARES Act.

Federal officials said institutions will receive the remaining allocations and more guidance in coming weeks. Campuses may use those amounts to respond to costs resulting from COVID-19, including the cost of moving to online coursework and other changes in instruction.

Below is a breakdown of how the $156 million in CARES Act funds will be distributed to Kentucky campuses. Grants to students are included in the total allocation amount.


Total Allocation

Grants to Students

Eastern Kentucky University



Kentucky State University



Morehead State University



Murray State University



Northern Kentucky University



University of Kentucky



University of Louisville



Western Kentucky University



Alice Lloyd College



Asbury University



Bellarmine University



Berea College



Brescia University



Campbellsville University



Centre College



Georgetown College



Kentucky Christian University



Kentucky Wesleyan College



Lindsey Wilson College



Midway University



Spalding University



Thomas More College



Transylvania University



Union College



University of Pikeville



University of the Cumberlands



Ashland Community and Technical College



Big Sandy Community and Technical College



Bluegrass Community and Technical College



Elizabethtown Community and Technical College



Gateway Community and Technical College



Hazard Community and Technical College



Henderson Community College



Hopkinsville Community College



Jefferson Community and Technical College



Madisonville Community College



Maysville Community and Technical College



Owensboro Community and Technical College



Somerset Community College



Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College



Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College



West Kentucky Community and Technical College



American College of Barbering



American National University-Lexington



Appalachian Beauty School



Asbury Theological Seminary



ATA College



Barrett and Company School of Hair Design



Beckfield College-Florence



Brighton Center's Center for Employment Training



Clear Creek Baptist Bible College



Employment Solutions-College for Technical Education



Galen College of Nursing-Louisville



Ideal Beauty Academy



Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology



Kentucky Horseshoeing School



Kentucky Mountain Bible College



Lexington Healing Arts Academy



Lexington Theological Seminary



Lindsey Institute of Cosmetology



Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary



Medical Career & Technical College



MedQuest College



Paul Mitchell the School-Lexington



Paul Mitchell the School-Louisville



PJ's College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green



PJ's College of Cosmetology-Glasgow



Regina Webb Academy



Simmons College of Kentucky



Sullivan University



Summit Salon Academy-Lexington



Tri-State Barber College




Last Updated 4/22/2020