Washington Insights & Highlights
May 1, 2020
Secretary DeVos Defends Exclusion of DACA and International Students from Aid

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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