WASHINGTON – Representative Jahana Hayes announced today that CT-05 colleges and universities would receive $42,190,987 million in emergency funding as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed on March 27, 2020. At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed to students in the form of emergency cash assistance grants. This money will assist with paying for housing, food, and other basic essentials.

“?As a legislator and an educator, I am uniquely aware of the importance of stable housing and food for our students in colleges and universities. This funding will assist students who have been financially impacted during this pandemic,” said Rep. Hayes. “At least half of the funding will be distributed to displaced students. During this public health crisis, it is critical that we support our college and university students throughout the district.”

In total, the CARES Act provides $14 billion in emergency higher education relief funding to help students and institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, the Department of Education announced the first $6 billion of that funding will be immediately sent to institutions so they can begin providing grants to struggling students.

Students should contact their institutions for more information about how they can apply for an emergency grant.

The following colleges and universities in CT-05 will receive funding under the CARES Act:

Central Connecticut State University, New Britain                            $9,009,014

University of Connecticut, Storrs (includes Waterbury campus)    $21,500,845

Western Connecticut State University, Danbury                                $4,256,393

Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury                           $3,819,528

Post University, Waterbury                                                                 $1,419,702

Tunxis Community College, Farmington                                           $2,185,505

To read more about emergency education funding under the CARES Act, click here.


Rep. Jahana Hayes has been a public-school teacher in Connecticut for more than 15 years and was recognized in 2016 as the National Teacher of the Year.

Currently serving her first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Hayes sits on the Committees on Education & Labor and Agriculture and proudly represents Connecticut’s 5th District.