Congressman Graves helps secure COVID funding flexibilty for Louisiana colleges, universities

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WASHINGTON D.C. (BRPROUD) — Congressman Garret Graves says he helped secure COVID-19 funding flexibility for Louisiana colleges and universities.

“Federal rules and bureaucracies coming out of Washington can complicate our ability to solve problems. The pandemic has been a strain on our communities and caused unique problems across the country. We have secured billions of dollars to help small businesses, the elderly, overworked healthcare employees, parents and many others across the state. But if these funds can’t be accessed, they are useless. We worked with Nicholls and the U.S. Department of Education to provide needed flexibility on federal funding to help return to some degree of normalcy,” Graves said.

Graves said schools have suffered financial losses amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the Department of Education prevented the full utilization and reimbursement of losses and expenses. Funding will help support students and operating budgets at Louisiana schools.

“Our nine member institutions and the students we serve have faced immense challenges navigating the pandemic the past 21 months. Financial strain is near the top of those. We appreciate Congressman Graves for securing this additional flexibility which allows us to further our mission and, as a result, to prepare our state and her people for future disruptions,” said Dr. Jim Henderson, University of Louisiana System President and CEO.

Nicholls State University will now be eligible for $1.1 million to offset COVID-related losses, according to Graves.

“As a University, we have been able to navigate this pandemic because our campus community cares for one another and Rep. Graves is a prime example of a leader who cares deeply for the communities he serves,” said Dr. Jay Clune, Nicholls State University President.

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