NASFAA Mention: California Judge Blocks Betsy DeVos From Withholding Relief Money From Undocumented Students

"A federal judge on Wednesday blocked an attempt by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to keep undocumented and other college students from receiving pandemic relief grants, the second judge in the past week to stop the regulation from taking effect," The Washington Post reports.

..."A recent survey conducted by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators found that the inconsistent guidance from the Education Department slowed the distribution of pandemic relief grants. Of the 587 colleges and universities that participated in the survey, 72 percent had not distributed the funds in May, citing inadequate guidelines from the agency. Still, the vast majority of schools had the money flowing by June.

'Much of those funds went out later than they should and went under confusing and inconsistent guidance,' said Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. 'The recent injunctions clearly indicate that the Department’s reasoning is on very shaky ground. Hopefully, this will translate into broader policy allowances in the future. The bad news is that according to our surveys, most schools have already disbursed emergency grants, and the majority of those have disbursed more than 75 percent of their funding.'"

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Publication Date: 6/18/2020

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