Montana colleges get $31 million in Congress’ virus bill

Montana colleges and universities stand to receive $31 million from the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package just passed by Congress.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, announced the aid to higher education in a news release Monday, saying it was part of a total of $1.25 billion heading to Montana local governments, small businesses and individuals for virus emergency relief.

Montana State University, Bozeman’s largest employer, has estimated it faces a loss of up to $7 million for canceled dormitory and dining hall fees. And that doesn’t count the costs of canceled athletic events and concerts and putting most in-person classes online.