Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended recently released guidance that excludes Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and international students from receiving emergency grant aid through the CARES Act (P.L. 116-136). The department has made available approximately $6.3 billion for direct support to students during the coronavirus pandemic. Secretary DeVos noted that the CARES Act (P.L. 116-136) urges prioritization of U.S. students who are Title IV eligible, despite the fact that these new dollars are not allocated under Title IV. Lawmakers responded through a letter to the Secretary clarifying the intent of the CARES Act was to be far-reaching. The letter calls for a reversal of the limitation noting many DACA and international students face significant need as the pandemic continues. The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration has created a webpage with guidance on tuition, financial aid, and other funding for undocumented students.


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