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The Department of Education Expands Scope of HEERF Grants For Students

Yesterday's updated FAQs from the Department of Education signal a change in policy that now enables more students to receive HEERF grants.

On May 11, 2021, the Department of Education (DoEd) released an updated set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) grants under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Notably, the FAQs reverse a narrow position that had been taken by DoEd under the former Trump administration, and the policy now allows "Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, other DREAMers, and similar undocumented students" as well as "international students" to receive HEERF grants. The policy guidance in the May 11, 2021 FAQs will be followed up by a DoEd final rule, scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on May 14, 2021.


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