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Congresswoman Cori Bush Announces More than $100 Million for St. Louis Colleges, Universities, and Students

May 21, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) announced more than $100 million in emergency funding for colleges, universities, and students in Missouri’s First Districtunder the American Rescue Plan. The funding will help local institutions cope with the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue serving their students safely. At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to students who are facing food insecurity or at risk of becoming unhoused. 

The American Rescue Plan provides$36 billion for nearly 3,500 public and private, nonprofit colleges and universities nationwide.

“Guaranteeing the success of our local colleges and universities is vital to the St. Louis’ region, our country, and our world, ” said Congresswoman Cori Bush. “I’m proud our work on the American Rescue Plan helped secure this historic investment in higher education and will provide students with the relief they need to continue their education.”

The colleges and universities in Missouri’s First Districtreceiving funding under the American Rescue Plan are:

Concordia Seminary  — $187,972
Eden Theological Seminary  — $67,681
Fontbonne University  — $2,786,823
Harris-Stowe State University  — $7,714,791
Saint Louis Community College  — $24,284,312
University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis  — $1,626,445
Saint Louis University  — $14,906,917
University of Missouri - St. Louis  — $21,488,676
Washington University in St. Louis  — $16,822,640 

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

The American Rescue Plan also includes nearly $3 billion in additional funding – which will be distributed at a later date – for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), other Minority-Serving Institutions, and other under-resourced institutions.

To read more about emergency education funding under the American Rescue Plan, click here.


Congresswoman Cori Bush represents Missouri’s First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. She serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. She is also a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a proud member of the Congressional Black Caucus. She is a registered nurse, single mother, and an ordained pastor. Following the murder of Michael Brown Jr. by a now-terminated Ferguson police officer, she became a civil rights activist and community organizer fighting for justice for Black lives on the streets of Missouri and across the country.