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OC Unis Get $120M Coronavirus Aid

Three state universities serving Orange County will get nearly $120 million in federal aid and local community colleges will get about $48 million, an analysis by Oakland-based nonprofit journalism center EdSource shows.

California colleges all-told are set to receive $1.7 billion in funds via the recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act; half for student aid and half for coronavirus-related needs such as distance learning tools.

Specific funds are based mainly on how many low-income students at each campus federal Pell Grants.

A preliminary breakdown:

  • California State University-Long Beach, with about 37,000 students: $41.7 million, the second largest amount statewide.
  • California State University-Fullerton, 40,000 students: $41 million, the third-largest amount statewide;
  • University of California-Irvine, 37,000 students: $36.7 million, fifth-largest statewide;
  • Fullerton College, 22,000 students: $9.7 million;
  • Orange Coast College, 21,000 students: $9.1 million;
  • Cypress College, 17,000 students: $7.1 million;
  • Santa Ana College, 28,000 students: $5.6 million.

Chapman University, a private school with about 9,000 students will receive $5.5 million; Brandman University, a nonprofit part of the Chapman University system, focused on professional development degrees and with 8,000 students will get about $1.9 million.

Vanguard University, Concordia University and remaining OC community colleges each are set to receive less than $5 million, EdSource said.

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