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AAU, Organizations Outline Student and Institutional Aid Priorities in Pandemic Relief Measure

AAU joined ACE and 70 other higher education organizations on a letter to House and Senate leaders to outline their priorities for higher education and student aid in the forthcoming pandemic relief measure. The organizations’ priorities include: broadened relief eligibility for students; flexibility for the allowable usage of relief funds; disbursement of funds through existing Education Department mechanisms; flexibility for colleges and universities to use the funds as needed; no limitations on funding based on endowment size; assurance that relief funds will not replace state funds for colleges and universities; extension of loan relief provisions for federal student loan borrowers; increased funding for minority serving institutions; and other types of institutional aid. These proposals – many of which are included in either the HEROES or HEALS Acts – will help colleges and universities navigate “the biggest crisis to confront students and institutions in our lifetimes.”

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