Senator Mattie Hunter speaks on the floor of the Senate.CHICAGO – Three Chicago universities in the 3rd District are among 21 higher education institutions to receive funding from the Illinois Board of Higher Education in the second round of Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund grants, State Senator Mattie Hunter announced Friday.

“Our students have faced unprecedented challenges throughout the pandemic,” said Hunter (D-Chicago). “This funding will support our universities in their effort to get students back on track.”

This is the second round of GEER grants to Illinois higher education institutions to help mitigate the effects of the pandemic. More than $10.5 million in grants have been distributed to 21 universities in the state, both public and private institutions. In the 3rd District, funds were awarded to East-West University, $125,000; National Louis University, $96,285; and Roosevelt University, $121,202.

These funds will help institutions better support students in their journey toward degree completion by improving the accessibility of academic advising and counseling resources and enhancing the quality of learning through digital tools and educator professional development. Grant funds will also help institutions invest in infrastructure for mental health and wellness by addressing gaps in mental health services on campus and improving the availability of counseling services.

“Access to academic advising and mental health services is key to students’ success and overall wellbeing,” said Hunter. “I’m glad to see additional resources being put toward the tools our students need to meet their goals.”

For more information about the second round of GEER grants and to see a complete list of grant recipients, visit IBHE’s website.