Does the Supreme Court Order Apply to Financial Aid?

"In the wake of Thursday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that affirmative action in college admissions is unconstitutional, many colleges issued statements. Most said that they disagreed with the ruling, but they would follow the law. Most said they would need to study the decision a bit before announcing policy changes," Inside Higher Ed reports. 

... "Justin Draeger, president and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, said his association did not advise Missouri on the changes it made."

"He urged colleges to act carefully and after they have had time to study the decision. Draeger spoke as his association was having its annual meeting."

"'We first and foremost pointed out that the SCOTUS opinion was squarely focused on institutions’ admissions policies,' he said. 'We also pointed out to schools that the highest court in the country took months to deliberate on this issue, and schools should similarly consider any implications on financial aid. This ruling came from a long and deliberate process, and we urged schools to be careful about overreacting and encouraged them to consult with their attorneys and await forthcoming guidance from the Department of Education before significantly altering their student aid programs.'"

"Draeger added, 'It’s also worth noting, any injunctions relating to scholarships will create logistical challenges that could negatively impact students, because scholarship requirements will need to be rewritten, which could in turn create funding delays and gaps. Overhauling scholarship programs cannot happen overnight.'"

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Publication Date: 7/5/2023

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