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Congressional agreement on COVID-19 would give higher ed $23 billion

December 22, 2020

A $900 billion coronavirus-relief package, expected to be passed by Congress as soon as later today, would give colleges and universities another $23 billion in relief aid to get through the next few months before the new Biden administration is expected to propose an even bigger package.

Congressional leaders are also expected to pass a larger $1.4 trillion budget deal they negotiated to fund the government through next September. The proposed deal would bring major changes to financial aid, including simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid from 108 to 36 questions, giving Republican education committee chairman Lamar Alexander one of his top priorities days before he retires from Congress.

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