Two local colleges are getting help dealing the expenses incurred because of the COVID-19 outbreak.


Austin College in Sherman and Grayson College in Denison will each receive millions of dollars from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Authorized by the CARES Act.


Austin College in Sherman will receive a $1,342,606 federal grant to respond to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced in an email. Grayson College will receive $2,157,844.


At least 50 percent of each grant must go towards providing students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, and the CARES Act allows each institution discretion in how to award this assistance to its students.


"No Texan should have to give up their education because of the economic effects of the coronavirus," Cornyn said in the statement. "In addition to allowing students to defer their federal student loan payments for six months, the CARES Act provides targeted funding to Texas institutions to help students continue their education – even if that means taking classes online."


In total, Texas institutions of higher education were awarded more than $1 billion of the $14 billion available.


Grayson College has already moved its summer classes to online classes.