UOG, GCC, PIC to receive millions in additional relief funding

University of Guam (file photo)

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced emergency grants today provided under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act for postsecondary education as follows:

University of Guam $12,169,569
Guam Community College $5,790,202
Pacific Islands College $344,135

These funds are in addition to the $286 million in federal relief support the Guam Department of Education is also able to avail of, and all of these sums are in addition to the $600 million in direct federal relief funds to the Government of Guam.

“We are in communication with all of our learning institutions to utilize these funds to restore areas in our education system that have been neglected for decades due to underfunding,” said Congressman San Nicolas. “Additionally, we are supporting our learning institutions to direct as much funding as possible towards economic diversification and development education, to help our workforce become a resource to attract new higher paying and skill intensive jobs and industries to our island,” Congressman San Nicolas continued. “We are highly confident that the talented leadership and personnel of our learning institutions will maximize these resources for the outcomes we need on Guam, and we look forward to working closely with them to make it happen,” Congressman San Nicolas concludes.

Institutions can use these funds to, among other things, support vulnerable students, monitor and suppress the coronavirus, and reengage students whose education was disrupted by the pandemic.

Guidance for use of funds can be found here:

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(Congressman Michael San Nicolas Release)