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Church schools have turned down more than 1/3 of a billion dollars in stimulus money. Here’s why

by | May 17, 2021

A combined total of $333,408,468 has been offered to BYU, BYU–Idaho, BYU–Hawaii, and Ensign College during the three rounds of stimulus from the United States government. But the schools haven’t accepted any of it.

According to Deseret News, the Church schools lost money in the past year when they shut down in March 2020 during the pandemic. In spite of this, the schools have turned down the stimulus packages because of the Church’s principles in self-reliance.

The Deseret News piece broke down the totals that the individual schools have turned down, with BYU at $171,163,549 from the last three checks and BYU–Idaho at $141,670,272.

Read more statistics about the Church schools at Deseret News.

Featured image by Yukai Peng, Deseret News.
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