Coronavirus and College: Funding and Support for Students

April 1, 2020

When the COVID-19 public health emergency began escalating in the U.S., most college students were celebrating spring break – only to find their lives, and their campuses, turned upside down. In the weeks since, higher education has been going through the same rapid changes as the rest of American life, leaving millions of students with more questions than answers.

To help you navigate these unprecedented developments, here’s our guide to current legislation and resources designed to help.

The CARES Act: How Washington is Helping

The main piece of legislation providing relief to students is the sweeping, $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act. Signed into law this week, the CARES Act contains a number of student supports to help you get through these difficult times. The most important things to know are these:

If you’d like to learn more, the National College Attainment Network has a detailed roundup of student-related provisions in the CARES Act, and Federal Student Aid has a thorough Q&A on student loan questions.

Other Sources of Aid for College Students

The federal response has been relatively swift and thorough when it comes to addressing student needs, but we know that’s not always enough – especially when it comes to changes in your housing, technology or class delivery. Fortunately, the private sector is also supporting student and family needs; look into these resources for help.

For more resources, check out the Hope Center and Get Schooled, as well as your college and community.

Resources for Future College Students

For high school juniors and seniors, coronavirus-related closures are disrupting an incredibly important time of year. Standardized testing, college selection, admissions and financial aid deadlines are all affected, and it can be confusing to know where to turn. Here’s what to know now.

The world of higher education, like the rest of American society, is currently in a state of uncertainty – but we do know that it’s more important than ever to focus on your educational goals. With support from government, community and the private sector, you’ll get through this, and be on the path to do great things as life gets back to normal.

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