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Senate Republicans propose $29B in aid to colleges

Senate Republicans immediately derided House Democrats’ proposal, saying the $3 trillion package is too expansive and veers too far from pandemic-related priorities.

The first aid bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, set aside $14 billion for colleges, but ACE deemed the funding “woefully inadequate.”

It and other education groups initially pushed for at least $47 billion in the next aid package, but in a statement Monday, ACE President Ted Mitchell said the group estimates colleges will need at least $120 billion to handle lost revenues related to the coronavirus and new expenses associated with reopening campuses this fall.

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