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Higher ed leaders push back as Ed Dept bars undocumented students from aid

April 23, 2020

For weeks, colleges and leaders across higher ed pressed the U.S. Department of Education to clarify the limits on the $6 billion or so in federal aid Congress set aside in the recent stimulus package for students whose lives were fractured by the coronavirus.

On Tuesday, they got one answer to their questions.

The Ed Department effectively prohibited international and unauthorized students — including participants in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program protecting those who immigrated to the U.S. illegally as children — from getting the federal rescue funding.

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