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April 9, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has already cost public universities in Illinois about $224 million, nearly $100 million more than they expect to receive from Congress’ $2.2 trillion relief package. In a letter, the presidents of the state’s public universities urged the state’s U.S. senators and representatives to include more higher-education funding in its next relief package.
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 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 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
University of Illinois System leaders have added their voices to the many sectors seeking relief from Congress as it considers extensive emergency coronavirus aid.
March 26, 2020
The $2 trillion stimulus package passed by the Senate on Wednesday will send about $14 billion to colleges and universities that are hemorrhaging money as they close their campuses and try to stay afloat with distance learning. But higher education leaders say that is far short of what they need in the face of an education crisis that is greater than any they have faced in a generation.
March 26, 2020
Ohio University leaders announced last week that, despite sending students home in response to the coronavirus pandemic, they would continue to employ and pay any student workers who wanted to keep their jobs. If they couldn’t work remotely — staffing a residence hall’s front desk, for instance — university officials said they’d find those students new roles. “We’re committed to providing opportunities for them to do meaningful work,” said M. Duane Nellis, Ohio’s president, in an interview.
March 2, 2020
Senator Lamar Alexander is seeing time ticking down on passing a rewrite of the nation’s main higher education law this year, and during his career. Though he didn’t say it is a drop-dead deadline, the Tennessee Republican and chair of the Senate's education committee said in little-noticed remarks two weeks ago before a group of community college trustees that he wants to have a bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act passed by his committee by the end of March -- or only about a month from now.