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Community Colleges Seek More Parity in COVID Aid

August 18, 2020

A coalition of community colleges, dubbed Rebuilding America’s Middle Class, has called on the U.S. Congress to reconsider how federal COVID-19 relief aid is distributed to postsecondary institutions. The current process is skewed against two-year colleges, which enroll relatively high percentages of underserved student groups, the group said. For example, 44.6 percent of all Black undergraduates and 49.7 percent of Latino undergraduates attend community colleges.

While roughly 40 percent of U.S. undergraduates attend community colleges, the sector received only 27 percent of higher education relief funding in the CARES Act.

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