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House Democrats’ relief bill sets aside $37B for higher ed

Congress designated roughly $14 billion for higher education in its prior aid package, an amount the American Council on Education (ACE), the sector’s leading lobbyist, deemed “woefully inadequate.”

Most of that money went to institutions to defray coronavirus-related expenses, though the law dictated that colleges needed to pass at least half of their individual allocations to students in the form of emergency grants. The U.S. Department of Education drew ire when it barred international and undocumented students from getting the grants.

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