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APLU In The News: 2020

March 30, 2020
US colleges scored just $14 billion (£11 billion) from a multitrillion-dollar economic rescue measure approved by Congress − and quickly warned of dire budgetary pressures and a possible easing in their opposition to reopening. The $2.2 trillion bill, meant primarily to boost unemployment benefits, hard-hit industries and healthcare providers nationwide, offers more than $6 billion in student aid and about $7.5 billion for institutions.
March 30, 2020
A $2 trillion stimulus package to address the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the largest stimulus bill in US history, has passed through the US Congress. President Donald J. Trump is expected to sign it. The greatest proportion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is economic support for individuals and businesses.
March 30, 2020
Empty classrooms are a defining feature of the coronavirus crisis on college campuses. Empty research labs are another. Many major research universities have halted all but essential research in what amounts to an unprecedented stoppage of academic science in modern memory. Among the universities that have shut down all nonessential research operations are Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Yale Universities, as well as the Universities of Michigan and Pennsylvania, among others.
March 27, 2020
Although help for student borrowers in Congress’s massive economic stimulus package has been widely publicized, including a six-month reprieve from making loan payments, more than a million people with loans may be surprised to learn they will not get any relief under the new measure. Borrowers with Perkins and commercially held Federal Family Education Loans are excluded from the $2 trillion bill, which is expected to pass the U.S. House today after being approved by the Senate Wednesday.
March 27, 2020
Higher education groups aren’t happy with the $14 billion earmarked for colleges and universities in the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package passed by the Senate late on Wednesday, saying institutions are facing severe cash flow problems and have been hit hard financially due to closures necessitated by the pandemic.
March 27, 2020
The U.S. Senate passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package late Wednesday meant to blunt the economic fallout from the coronavirus, but higher education leaders say the roughly $14 billion it gives the sector falls far short of what is needed to support institutions. Of the money earmarked for higher ed, more than $1 billion is reserved for historically black colleges and other minority-serving institutions, many of which enroll a significant number of low-income students.
March 26, 2020
A $1.6 trillion stimulus proposal from Republicans to help the economy during the coronavirus crisis stalled in the Senate over a number of objections by Democrats, including that the proposal didn’t do enough to help those saddled with student debt. The bill was hindered as well by five Republican senators putting themselves in self-quarantine, including Kentucky’s Rand Paul, who announced Sunday he has tested positive for the virus. A procedural vote only to move forward with debate fell far short of the needed 60 votes, 47 to 47.
March 26, 2020
Colleges are facing huge costs from the fallout of the new coronavirus on campuses, but emergency aid figures proposed in Congress so far are wholly inadequate to address the scale of the challenge, higher education lobby groups say. Postsecondary groups are calling on lawmakers to provide between $50 billion and $60 billion in assistance to keep colleges solvent in the short-term.
March 26, 2020
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled 9 to 0 that Congress does not have the authority to repeal states’ sovereign immunity from copyright infringement suits in the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act of 1990. States’ immunity extends to “instruments of the state,” including public colleges, which are often reservoirs of information and spearheading digital preservation efforts. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities issued a statement in support of the ruling.
March 26, 2020
In two cases with potential implications in education, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued rulings that will benefit employers in lawsuits over race discrimination in contracting and bolster states against allegations of copyright infringement. In a major departure from normal practice due to coronavirus concerns, the justices issued opinions in four argued cases without taking the bench.