Comitta announces over $1.1M in emergency education relief funds for West Chester and Cheyney Universities

HARRISBURG, Aug. 4 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today announced that Cheyney University and West Chester University have been named as recipients of $750,000 and $353,678, respectively, in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds.

“The top priority for the upcoming school year is our students’ safety,” Comitta said. “We still have many challenges ahead, but this funding will support a return to safe instruction, whether in-person, remote, or a mixed approach. Students, faculty and staff can be assured that our public universities will be better prepared and equipped to handle the impacts of the pandemic.”

Approximately $28 million has been dedicated to postsecondary institutions and adult basic education providers across Pennsylvania to assist them in implementing public health and safety plans to help resume operations in the fall. These funds come from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, and are authorized by the governor.

GEER Funds may be used for, but not limited to, the purchase of protective equipment; hand sanitizer/cleaning products; equipment or technology to take classrooms online; installation of barriers or other protective devices in buildings; or to purchase health apps to assist in contact tracing and monitoring of student health.

More information is available by contacting Comitta’s office at 610-696-4990.