December COVID relief package to send UNC System $288 million

Chapel Hill, NC – UNC System schools should receive nearly $288 million from the coronavirus relief package Congress passed in December, the System’s federal liaison told members of the UNC Board of Governors last week.

That’s in addition to $180 million the UNC System received from the CARES Act last spring, for a total of $467.5 million.

The System’s historically black colleges and universities and UNC-Pembroke should be eligible for part of an additional $1.7 billion Congress allocated for HBCUs and historically minority-serving institutions, Elizabeth Morra, UNC’s Vice President for Federal Affairs, told the board’s Public Affairs Committee.

The relief money is part of $28 billion for public higher education that Congress approved in December, Morra said.

To put the dollars in perspective, UNC-Chapel Hill is scheduled to receive $25 million from the December legislation and it received $17 million in the spring, for a total of almost $43 million. But the university estimates it has spent nearly $200 million so far responding to the virus.