NASFAA Mention: Betsy DeVos Quietly Bans DACA Recipients from Getting Emergency Student Aid Amid Pandemic

"The Trump administration banned undocumented college students Tuesday from receiving emergency assistance amid the coronavirus pandemic even though Congress did not exclude the group in a relief bill," Salon reports.

"The $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill passed by Congress last month included $6 billion for colleges to help students deal with expenses after campuses around the country shut down. But the Department of Education, led by Secretary Betsy DeVos, issued new guidance this week that limits the aid to only citizens and certain legal permanent residents."

..."Justin Draeger, the president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, added that college officials were concerned about applying for the program before the department has announced the rules."

'Schools are working in good faith to get this money out as quickly as they can, but they are also concerned about distributing money when they know more guidance is coming,' he said. 'Many schools have their plans drawn up and ready to go and are just waiting for their money and final guidance.'"

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Publication Date: 4/23/2020

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