ED Considering Changes to Final Rule Restricting CARES Act Emergency Aid

The Department of Education (ED) is considering making changes to its interim final rule that stipulated emergency relief grants allocated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act be restricted to only students who are Title IV-eligible, according to POLITICO, citing a court filing made by the Trump administration.

The rule has faced several legal challenges and heavy criticism. A California district court judge in June blocked ED from applying the rule to any student attending California community colleges. ED has appealed the injunction, but asked the court to pause its appeal, per POLITICO.

In comments on the interim final rule, NASFAA said it excludes a broad swath of students unnecessarily and left institutions unsure of how to correctly award the funds.



Publication Date: 8/21/2020

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