Episode 193: All Things HEERF Guidance, Student Loan Interest Rates Rise, and What Impact House Leadership Changes Pose for Higher Ed

This week on "Off The Cuff," the team dives right in to discuss the Department of Education’s (ED) latest announcement on new HEERF guidance and reporting requirements, including additional ways in which institutions can utilize the recently enacted $36 billion in emergency grants to support vulnerable students, monitor and suppress the coronavirus, and re-engage students whose education was disrupted by the pandemic. Allie then provides an update on an impending rise in student loan interest rates. On the congressional front, Justin highlights a recent academic discussion on filibuster reform and Megan catches listeners up on how leadership jockeying within the House GOP conference could impact higher education policy. Plus, the team wants to know: What incentive would most motivate you to take the COVID-19 vaccine?


Justin Draeger Megan Coval Jill Desjean Allie Bidwell
Justin Draeger
President & CEO

Megan Coval
Vice President, Policy & Federal Relations
Jill Desjean
Policy Analyst

Allie Arcese
Managing Editor


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Publication Date: 5/14/2021

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