Foothill-De Anza, Canada to get millions from $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill

The observatory at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Photo from the Foothill College website.

Bay Area community colleges are expected to receive tens of millions of dollars in relief money from the recently passed American Rescue Plan, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, said Monday.

The $1.9 trillion stimulus package, which President Biden signed last week, provides some $40 billion to higher education institutions, about $2.2 billion of which will benefit California’s community colleges and their students.

In the Bay Area, that will translate to eight-figure investments in post-secondary education, Eshoo said Monday during a briefing with community college officials.

“Community colleges are very special to me because I’m a product of a community college and I’ve always been proud of that,” Eshoo said. She received an associate of arts degree from Canada College in Redwood City in 1975.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District, based in Los Altos Hills, is expected to receive roughly $10.7 million, according to Eshoo, while Canada College will receive about $5.5 million, San Jose City College will receive $10.5 million and West Valley College will receive $8.3 million.

All 116 community colleges across the state are expected to receive funding of some kind from the ARP, including money that can be used for student grants.

“I have no doubt that you’re going to make very good use of these dollars,” Eshoo said, “and I’m very proud that higher education was a top priority for us as we shaped this legislation.” — Bay City News


  1. Please make sure the college administrations will do what they are supposed to with these millions of dollars.
    The millions of dollars must be used to make sure the college administrations have the areas where students interact with each other, our teachers and the other departments protected by the clear plastic shields that are in existence at grocery stores, banks, dentists and medical offices, etc. Thank you Anna Espoo and please make sure the administrations are doing the jobs to get us back to campus so we can learn with our other classmates in the college experience. Learning only online has been very challenging and not at all how college was supposed to be for me. I hope some one will read this.

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