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Higher ed groups press for federal support for coronavirus response

As the coronavirus and the respiratory disease it causes, COVID-19, took hold in the U.S., colleges rapidly began to move courses online and assess how the situation would stress their budgets.

Taking instruction remote has short-term costs, especially for colleges that lack a robust online infrastructure. In the letter, the groups recommend the government provide $7.8 billion in funding “to ensure that institutions are supported in the transition to distance learning”and students don’t lose access to instruction, noting that some students lack a viable internet connection away from campus.

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