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April 6, 2021

Central Mass. colleges in line for expected $100M in aid

Photo | Grant Welker Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester

Colleges in Central Massachusetts are due to receive an estimated $100 million among them under the latest federal pandemic aid program.

The most funds will go towards colleges whose students are more likely to receive financial-need-based Pell Grants, including Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, due to receive more than $18 million, and Worcester State University, which is in line for more than $13 million, according to the Washington, D.C., industry group American Council on Education.

Half of the amount each college receives must go toward student grants, a similar standard put in place last year when colleges nationwide first received coronavirus pandemic-related aid. In that case last April, Central Massachusetts colleges received a total of $33 million.

[Related: QCC helps funnel $3.4M toward student support]

In all, Central Massachusetts colleges are in line for $100 million, including Becker College, which announced March 29 it will close operations at the end of the spring semester because of financial difficulties. The total does not include $12.5 million slated for MCPHS University, whose main campus is in Boston, but also has locations in Worcester and Manchester, N.H.

The American Rescue Plan Act distributes approximately $36 billion among nearly 3,500 nonprofit colleges, and approximately $396 million to about 1,630 for-profit institutions, the American Council on Education has estimated.

The totals of each:

  • Anna Maria College, Paxton: $2,809,000
  • Assumption University, Worcester: $3,898,000
  • Becker College, Worcester: $4,514,000
  • Clark University, Worcester: $5,055,000
  • College of the Holy Cross, Worcester: $4,939,000
  • Dean College, Franklin: $3,225,000
  • Fitchburg State University: $12,103,000
  • Framingham State University: $11,208,000
  • Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner: $9,634,000
  • Nichols College, Dudley: $3,393,000
  • Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester: $18,267,000
  • UMass Medical School, $804,000
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute: $7,195,000
  • Worcester State University: $13,026,000

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