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Oklahoma universities to get $110 million in federal relief funds

Two people ride scooters past McCasland Field House on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman on March 17. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]
Two people ride scooters past McCasland Field House on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman on March 17. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma colleges and universities will get more than $110 million in federal stimulus funds, over $55 million of which is designated to go directly to students.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday it would distribute $14 billion immediately to institutes of higher education across the country. This includes $6.28 billion in emergency cash grants to students.

The grants are expected to help cover expenses resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, such as technology, course materials, housing, food, health care and child care. Colleges and universities will determine which students will receive funds.

Institutions could use the remaining funds for costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction.

The funds come from the $2.2 trillion CARES Act stimulus bill, the largest relief package in U.S. history.

Allocations for schools were weighted significantly by the number of students who are eligible for Pell grants, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Education. The federal government also considered a school’s population and the number of students who were not enrolled in full-time online classes before the pandemic.

Both private and public colleges in Oklahoma will receive support.

The University of Oklahoma will receive $17,935,530 — the greatest amount of any single institution in the state. About $8.97 million of that is earmarked for direct student grants.

Oklahoma State University will get the second most with $16,765,725, with $8.38 million going to students. OSU’s branch campuses outside of Stillwater also will receive allocations beyond the amount dedicated to the main campus.

OSU-OKC will receive $2.3 million. The OSU Institute of Technology will get nearly $2.25 million, and the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa will receive $144,000.

The third largest amount of college relief funds will go to the University of Central Oklahoma, which can expect more than $11 million and over $5.58 million for student grants.

Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, with more than $2.93 million, will receive the greatest amount of any private school in Oklahoma.

Other large earners include Tulsa Community College with $7.98 million, Northeastern State University with $5.68 million, Oklahoma City Community College with $5.57 million and Tulsa Welding School with $5.5 million.

Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to include the allocation for East Central University. The total amount of federal funds for Oklahoma colleges and universities is more than $110 million with $55 million designated for student grants.

Oklahoma colleges and universities:

Carl Albert State College: $1,880,688 total, $940,344 for students

Central Oklahoma College: $504,384 total, $252,192 for students

East Central University: $3,066,346 total, $1,533,173 for students

Eastern Oklahoma State College: $937,568 total, $468,784 for students

Eastern Oklahoma Technology Center: $114,478 total, $57,239 for students

Francis Tuttle Technology Center: $1,347,306 total, $673,653 for students

Metro Technology Centers: $466,807 total, $233,404 for students

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College: $1,934,724 total, $967,362 for students

Northern Oklahoma College: $1,971,017 total, $985,509 for students

Northeastern State University: $5,676,974 total, $2,838,487 for students

Northwestern Oklahoma State University: $1,506,494 total, $753,247 for students

Oklahoma Baptist University: $1,934,138 total, $967,069 for students

Oklahoma Christian University: $1,619,172 total, $809,586 for students

Oklahoma City Community College: $5,566,700 total, $2,783,350 for students

Oklahoma City University: $1,536,667 total, $768,334 for students

Oklahoma State University: $16,765,725 total, $8,382,863 for students

OSU-Oklahoma City: $2,300,829 total, $1,150,415 for students

OSU Center for Health Sciences: $144,134 total, $72,067 for students

OSU Institute of Technology: $2,248,014 total, $1,124,007 for students

Oklahoma Panhandle State University: $882,583 total, $441,292 for students

Oklahoma Wesleyan University: $797,766 total, $398,883 for students

Oral Roberts University: $2,933,238 total, $1,466,619 for students

Southeastern Oklahoma State University: $2,118,149 total, $1,059,075 for students

Southern Oklahoma Technology Center: $252,054 total, $126,027 for students

Southwestern Oklahoma State University: $3,443,513 total, $1,721,757 for students

Tulsa Community College: $7,980,293 total, $3,990,147 for students

Tulsa Welding School: $5,505,774 total, $2,752,887 for students

Tulsa Technology Center: $1,717,200 total, $858,600 for students

University of Central Oklahoma: $11,170,390 total, $5,585,195 for students

University of Oklahoma: $17,935,530 total, $8,967,765 for students

University of Science and Arts Oklahoma: $1,020,519 total, $510,260 for students

University of Tulsa: $2,645,588 total, $1,322,794 for students

Western Oklahoma State College: $635,791 total, $317,896 for students

Nuria Martinez-Keel

Nuria Martinez-Keel joined The Oklahoman in 2019. She found a home at the newspaper while interning in summer 2016 and 2017. Nuria returned to The Oklahoman for a third time after working a year and a half at the Sedalia Democrat in Sedalia,... Read more ›

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