Here’s how much Tennessee colleges stand to receive in emergency coronavirus grants

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Maryville) speaks at a Tennessee Titans event in Nashville on Dec. 13, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Tennessee colleges and professional schools are in line to receive to $237 million in emergency grants to help students affected by the coronavirus pandemic, according to U.S. Sen. LAmar Alexander’s office. The grants range from $9.6 million for the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to $5,092 for Omega Graduate School in Dayton.

(See the full list after the jump)

University of Tennessee $9,629,157
Middle Tennessee State University $8,649,706
University of Memphis $7,801,875
East Tennessee State University $5,548,379
Austin Peay State University $4,843,933
University of Tennessee – Chattanooga $4,756,890
Tennessee Technological University $4,356,732
Southwest Tennessee Community College $3,649,219
Tennessee State University $3,607,331
Vanderbilt University $2,816,212
Chattanooga State Community College $2,641,741
Pellissippi State Community College $2,585,595
University of Tennessee – Martin $2,555,156
Nashville State Community College $2,344,678
Volunteer State Community College $2,344,545
Belmont University $2,298,669
Northeast State Community College $2,244,158
Walters State Community College $1,844,059
South College $1,788,161
Lee University $1,759,279
Roane State Community College $1,657,191
Columbia State Community College $1,642,610
Motlow State Community College $1,589,392
Sae Institute of Technology $1,446,153
Jackson State Community College $1,419,235
Lincoln Memorial University $1,328,969
Lipscomb University $1,291,012
Southern Adventist University $1,221,905
Lane College $1,215,489
Carson – Newman University $1,147,584
Concorde Career College $1,077,998
Bethel University $1,060,537
Union University $992,441
Cleveland State Community College $985,358
Cumberland University $960,321
Trevecca Nazarene University $859,449
Lemoyne – Owen College $830,138
Christian Brothers University $800,345
Dyersburg State Community College $747,611
Tusculum University $746,998
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis $726,607
King University $702,627
Maryville College $700,944
Freed Hardeman University $676,999
Rhodes College $602,973
Tennessee Wesleyan University $596,178
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences $570,976
University of The South $547,047
Fisk University $542,737
Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Nashville $519,269
University of Tennessee Health Science Center $499,039
Johnson University $498,858
Martin Methodist College $481,731
Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Elizabethton $440,582
Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Morristown $438,890
Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Knoxville $411,175
Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Dickson $410,807
Milligan College $371,377
Genesis Career College $346,459
Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Murfreesboro $303,616
Nossi College of Art $303,347
Bryan College $289,629
Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Newbern $285,680
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville $273,653
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Jackson $255,183
Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Crossville $249,955
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Livingston $239,885
Gould’s Academy $214,825
Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Harriman $205,650
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Paris $197,484
Chattanooga College – Medical, Dental and Technical Careers $190,677
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Jacksboro $182,976
Paul Mitchell, The School Murfreesboro $181,553
Paul Mitchell, The School Knoxville $179,329
Paul Mitchell, The School Memphis $176,594
Genesis Career College $164,138
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Mckenzie $160,994
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Hartsville $159,305
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Crump $137,441
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Pulaski $131,778
Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Hohenwald $130,906
Tennessee School of Beauty $125,779
Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology $124,872
Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Covington $124,125
Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Athens $123,053
Tennessee College of Applied Technology–Mcminnville $115,449
Welch College $115,140
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Ripley $113,497
Meharry Medical College $109,988
Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Oneida/Huntsville $106,734
Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting $102,651
Queen City College $101,818
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Whiteville $101,581
Brillare Beauty Institute $95,694
Visible Music College $92,907
William R Moore College of Technology $90,030
Austin’S Beauty College $88,524
Memphis College of Art $81,173
Southern College of Optometry $78,127
American Baptist Theological Seminary $76,073
Edumed Partners $71,642
Vibe Barber College $69,776
Salon Professional Academy $57,139
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film $56,062
Sandra Academy of Salon Services $54,214
Nashville Film Institute $49,327
Elite College of Cosmetology $48,082
Image Maker Beauty Institute $42,569
Arnold’S Beauty School $34,120
Love Beauty School $33,903
Richmont Graduate University $31,328
Hair Academy The $30,421
Mister Wayne’S School of Unisex Hair Design $30,285
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia $28,397
Career Beauty College $23,628
North Central Institute $20,130
John A Gupton College $18,474
Memphis Theological Seminary $18,332
Allied Health Careers Institute $17,340
Williamson Christian College $16,439
Mind Body Institute $14,391
Franklin Hair Academy School of Cosmetology $14,146
Master’s Barber & Styling College $13,881
Massage Institute of Memphis $13,162
Mid-South Christian College $12,353
Pentecostal Theological Seminary $7,218
Omega Graduate School $5,092

12 Responses to Here’s how much Tennessee colleges stand to receive in emergency coronavirus grants

  • LeeAnn C. says:

    What exactly do the students receive from this massive expenditure of tax dollars?

  • MARLE says:

    It’s just Money and it’s going on the credit card, never to be paid off in the lifetime of any voter alive today. And debt doesn’t matter anymore in the Era of low-interest rates (so says Trump). So EEEEZ AAAL GOOOD

  • Norma Shirk says:

    So how will the colleges respond? By keeping the money for their general operating funds, blowing it on their athletics programs, or by raising tuition & fees to grab every dime from the students for whom it’s intended? Or maybe the tenured faculty want another pay raise for doing less classroom teaching? I don’t see any college in the state altruistically handing over the funds to students.

    • MARLE says:

      Isn’t the athletic program at large universities a profit center or at least break even ? Of the top 30 schools (who are in SEC) UT seems to be one of the worst in reconciling revenues with expenses.

  • Eddie White says:

    The University of Tennessee Knoxville does not fund their athletic department with taxpayer dollars. The department is funded with ticket revenue, TV revenue, donor contributions( such as mine), etc.

  • Paul says:

    Without editorializing on whether this is good/bad/whatever with regard to dollars spent and while this is high level, it probably addresses the “what is this” question; see links below. Obviously lots of conservatives don’t like education all that much and that’s OK, it’s a free country — don’t like education, then don’t encourage those in your orbit, including yourself, to get one, to coin a phrase.

    Anyway, per the first link they appear to be releasing 50% at this time, which is targeted to student needs and nothing else. See letter at the second link for more details on that. Also per the first link, the remaining 50% will be released “soon” with guidance to follow. So….no way to know if that other half will go to sports, sports cars, faculty, Goodyear blimps, football uniforms, bathrooms, office furniture, whatever, but the first part is targeted to students. Certainly lots of folks are predisposed to think that schools are “gonna blow it” on “stuff” or extravagances or just stuff it in their pocket, but at least the info provided requires them to distribute that first 50% to students. Likewise, there is a process to follow and there are some rules. Presumably Trump and his cronies like Betsy Devos are governing this at the higher level, so I guess that should make those of a conservative bent feel better (not that it does me, but that’s me).

    https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/caresact.html

    https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/caresactgrantfundingcoverletterfinal.pdf

    Relevant section for those who don’t care to read the letter at the second link, which is signed by Betsy Devos (all text original, not by me):

    As you know, the CARES Act provides several different methods for distributing roughly $14
    billion in funds to institutions of higher education. The most significant portion of that funding
    allocation provides that $12.56 billion will be distributed to institutions using a formula based on
    student enrollment. Of the amount allocated to each institution under this formula, at least 50
    percent must be reserved to provide students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover
    expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. We are prioritizing
    this funding stream in order to get money in the hands of students in need as quickly as possible.

    The CARES Act provides institutions with significant discretion on how to award this
    emergency assistance to students. This means that each institution may develop its own system
    and process for determining how to allocate these funds, which may include distributing the
    funds to all students or only to students who demonstrate significant need. The only statutory
    requirement is that the funds be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus
    operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance,
    such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

  • MARLE says:

    “Lots of conservatives don’t like education”……… great take away, Paul. How did you do on the verbal part of the SAT? That’s the part where you read with comprehension.

    • Paul says:

      Well Marle, I’m not sure what your point is, but how about “there are numerous conservatives who do not like education as it exists in this country”. Or maybe “many conservatives question the value of education as funded by the public”. But that’s (public funded education) the majority of education by far in this country, so why would the inference not be “lots of conservatives don’t like education”, when they spend so much time trying to tear it down? If I had a nickel for every complaint from conservatives about “education in this country” being a waste of some sort, I could buy my own island.

      But make up your own mind, seems clear enough to me at this point, after decades of complaints. That said, I’m old enough that I don’t remember any of my SAT scores, given that I took it a few decades ago. Not sure what that has to do with this, but since you asked, there you go. I mean, what were yours? Does anyone care once you get beyond a certain age? That’s not been my experience in life. I can’t even recall my GPA in college or grad school at this point, but I know how to find it 🙂 No one seems to ever ask me once I got into my working career, they asked about my work history and what I could do for them or their business.

      The real point is there’s a constant drumbeat of (see comments from folks above as a start) from the conservative end of the spectrum that boil down to “education is a big government scam and it wastes our money”. Why is that so hard to admit? Obviously folks are welcome to their opinion. I don’t share that view of it. But it’s all over any article in the news or what have you that says anything about spending tax money related to education. They are agin’ it.

      So….the response is “the market” in most cases and that will solve the problem, whatever it may be. Which typically means throwing tax dollars at some private corporation who promises to improve things but is rarely held to the same standard as public schools. See the scam? Not sure why that seems attractive, but it does claim to be “free market”, even though it is using “our” tax dollars. Maybe the market education model won’t stand on its own and it’s a way to funnel money to investors might be one conclusion?

      A college education costs so much more than it did 40 years ago because the state has gotten out of the business of funding it over time. All those tax cuts had to be paid for somewhere. So, in the market view, now the “consumer” pays for it, right? Isn’t that the way conservatives want it? That means lots of folks can’t afford higher education of course, but c’est la vie in this world we inhabit. I mean it’s lowered my tax bill, but I don’t agree with it as a model, because quality education improves the world on multiple levels.

      Back to the point here, I think helping out students in this situation is a good thing as long as it is managed in a responsible way; they didn’t ask for the Trump pandemic, they are having to live it like everyone else. The framework in the links looks good, even if I don’t like the overseers so much. Time will tell.

  • MARLE says:

    The state has most certainly NOT gotten out of the business of funding higher ed. Every state has a lottery that funds education; without state’s providing for such a thing these funding dollars would not exist. And as soon as those dollars get allocated, colleges raise their tuition accordingly. Tuition has Gone Up BECAUSE of state-supported dollars being thrown at education.

    College, decades ago, had classrooms, dorms and a library. Today they are resorts masquerading as colleges. Curricula have been dumbed down; if we want students to have 2 additional years of education we can add grades 13 and 14. You don’t need a college campus for that. I worked on one for 16 years.

    SAT scores are just a helpful indicator of ability to QUICKLY process and analyze written material. When you said lots of conservatives don’t like education I immediately thought you might just be mistaken Because you lack the ability measured by the Verbal part of the SAT. And most people who did well DO remember their scores. I’ve noticed they remember their LSAT score, GMAT score and MCAT score.

  • James White says:

    During a question-and-answer portion of the Satellite 2020 conference in Washington on March9, Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and the CEO of Tesla, said, “You don’t need college to learn stuff.” He continued, “Everything is available basically for free. You can learn anything you want for free. It is not a question of learning.”
    Musk described college as a bunch of “annoying homework assignments.” “I think colleges are basically for fun and to prove you can do your chores, but they’re not for leaning.” Musk said, receiving applause from an appreciative audience.
    Musk stated that he made sure Tesla’s recruiting material didn’t specify that the company requires a college degree, calling the prerequisite “absurd.”

    “But there is a requirement of ‘evidence of exceptional ability.’ I don’t consider going to college evidence of exceptional ability,” Musk said. “In fact, ideally, you dropped out and did something. If you look at like, you know, [Bill] Gates is a pretty smart guy; he dropped out. [Steve] Jobs, pretty smart – he dropped out. Larry Ellison, smart guy – he dropped out. Like, obviously not needed. Did Shakespeare even go to college? Probably not.”
    In 1995, Musk commenced work on a Ph.D. in energy physics/materials science at Standford University in California. However, eager to pursue opportunities in the Internet boom, he dropped out after just two days to launch his first company, Zip2 Corporation.
    During his early years in the business world, Musk demonstrated exceptional skill as an entrepreneur, founding the online payment company X.com, which merged with Confinity to become PayPal. This venture made him a billionaire.
    However, Musk eventually discovered a more surefire way to business success: lobbyists and government subsidies.
    Than being said, and August 2019 study conducted by The Harris Poll for TD Ameritrade showd that almost half (49 percent) of young millennials said their college degree was “very or somewhat unimportant” to their current job.

  • MARLE says:

    James, You got the part about dropping out of a Stanford PhD program but you forgot to mention the part where he DID get both a BS in Econ and another in Physics at the Ivy League school called the U of PA

    Lord knows what the Musk brothers IQs are but neither of them is your average kid who doesn’t need a degree to make it big. You can ditto that for Gates, Jobs, Zuckerberg etc.

    It is nearly impossible to get into any corporate entry level program without a degree plus internships plus campus leadership. That resume comes at 22, 99% of the time via a college degree for the “average” student. 16 years on a private college campus as the Director of Career Services …………

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