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AAU, Associations Outline Pandemic Impacts on Students, Schools

AAU joined ACE and 99 other associations on a letter to House and Senate leaders outlining the harmful impacts of the pandemic on students and college and requesting they work quickly to finalize negotiations on pandemic relief that provides at least $120 billion to students and campuses. The letter cites information from recent surveys and provides examples of increased costs, lost revenues, and state budget cuts that are attributable to the pandemic. The letter says additional relief funding would help address the incredible impact the pandemic has had on students and colleges that is worse than anticipated in almost all areas. “Campuses are now dealing with a massive, accumulated loss of revenue that is likely to grow worse in the near future, and in most areas will persist for several years,” the letter says, and support is “urgently needed.”

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