The Week in Admissions News

Monday, August 10, 2020

Trump and student loans, tuition-free terms, liability waivers, FAFSA simplification, aid for undocumented students.

  • President Trump said in a tweet that he is looking into using his executive powers to continue providing help for those with student loans during the pandemic.
  • Two colleges -- St. Norbert College and Pacific Lutheran University -- will offer students an extra term or two without charge. The programs aim to make up for subpar on-campus experiences amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • As fall semester approaches, students are increasingly opposing liability waivers and "informed consent" agreements required by colleges as a condition of returning to campus.
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid should be further simplified by automatically including more data from IRS filings, including exploring whether wage information from W-2s could be used, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators said Wednesday.
  • Nineteen Democrats on the House education committee wrote Education Secretary Betsy DeVos protesting her decision to withhold about $7 billion of emergency coronavirus grants in the CARES Act from undocumented immigrants and other college students.

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By Scott Jaschik