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AURORA – Aurora University is set to receive $125,000 in funding for academic and social-emotional learning support through a grant provided by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

“This funding will mean Aurora University can further assist students with their academic advising and counseling needs,” said Holmes (D-Aurora). “Ensuring they get the best guidance on courses to attain their degrees and access to mental health resources will prepare them for success upon graduation.”

This is the second round of GEER grants to Illinois institutions of higher education 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.

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.

“I will always support funding efforts that continue to build Aurora University’s capacity to effectively serve the 42nd District and our state,” said Holmes.

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