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Biden to propose $35B more aid for higher ed, pursue debt cancellation

Colleges and universities wondering what a new administration and unified Congress could mean saw clear signals this week as President-Elect Joe Biden proposed a new infusion of support for higher ed and aides spoke of cancelling student loan debt.

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January 15, 2021
More college students now qualify for SNAP benefits

The latest federal spending and stimulus package temporarily eases the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s work and eligibility requirements for low-income college students in hopes of increasing participation and curbing food insecurity.

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January 15, 2021
Report offers closer look at representation within fields of study

Simply increasing diversity on campus is not enough to prevent persistent under- or over-representation of racial and ethnic groups in certain majors, according to a new report.

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January 15, 2021
Georgetown alumni secure school board seats, advocate for equity and access

Motivated by their own experiences and determined to make education more accessible and equitable in their local communities, Georgetown alumni Nicolo Orozco (C’19) and Luisa Santos (C’14) recently won seats on their hometown school boards.

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January 08, 2021
President DeGioia, leaders across higher education, condemn Capitol riots

While higher education stakeholders in every corner of the nation condemned the riots, the violence, racism, and security lapses on display struck an especially deep nerve at Washington, D.C.-based universities and those that serve many students of color.

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January 08, 2021
Pandemic relief bill simplifies FAFSA, broadens access to financial aid

The omnibus spending and stimulus package passed by Congress on December 21 not only provides another round of dedicated funding for higher education institutions but also includes significant changes for student financial aid—shortening the FAFSA, allowing incarcerated students to access Pell grants, and replacing the “expected family contribution” with a new index.

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January 08, 2021
Biden picks education secretary with passion for making schools more equitable

President-Elect Joe Biden has nominated Miguel Cardona, the head of Connecticut’s public schools, to lead the Department of Education. Cardona’s personal experience as a first-generation college student is expected to shape his approach to higher education policy.

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