How the stimulus bill in Congress affects higher education

31 March 2020

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION — Congress is poised to give colleges and students whose semesters were upended by the coronavirus pandemic more than $14 billion in emergency relief, according to the text of a spending deal struck on Tuesday night by the White House and the U.S. Senate.

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Federal student loan payments suspended through September

31 March 2020

BUZZFEED — Americans will get a six-month reprieve from federal student loan payments as the coronavirus pandemic leads to job losses and economic turmoil nationwide.

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How to help students struggling with online learning

31 March 2020

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION — As instructors across the country move to remote teaching, many are worried about students who are already at a disadvantage. How can professors support them during this challenging time?

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Some student loan borrowers left out of Congressional stimulus proposal

31 March 2020

INSIDE HIGHER ED — Although help for student borrowers in Congress’s massive economic stimulus package has been widely publicized, including a six-month reprieve from making loan payments, more than a million people with loans may be surprised to learn they will not get any relief under the new measure.

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A look at college teaching during the coronavirus pandemic

31 March 2020

NPR — As colleges across the country pivot online on very short notice, there are a host of complications — from laptops and Internet access to mental health and financial needs.

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Education tech experts discuss the transition to online learning at universities

31 March 2020

INSIDE HIGHER ED — Last week in this space, I asked a group of thoughtful observers a set of questions about what colleges’ sudden, widespread shift to remote learning might mean for the future of online education. The column seemed to strike a chord with a lot of readers — many positively.

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A look at privacy issues with transition to online courses and services

31 March 2020

INSIDE HIGHER ED — Ensuring the software colleges are now using doesn’t violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, is one key issue, according to Amelia Vance, director of youth and education privacy at the Future of Privacy Forum. Another issue is the potential for increased surveillance of students as colleges switch from….

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Faculty discuss complications with transition to online courses

31 March 2020

INSIDE HIGHER ED — Remote work is proving difficult for many professors, given the circumstances and despite some early predictions to the contrary. What institutions are doing and can start doing to ease the pressure.

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Tax break for employer-paid student loan payments draws mixed reaction

31 March 2020

INSIDE HIGHER ED — The $2.2 trillion stimulus bill Congress is set to pass includes a one-time tax break this year for annual employer contributions of up to $5,250 toward their employees’ student loan debt. The provision is drawing both praise and criticism.

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Several law schools move on-campus interviews for summer associate hiring to January 2021

31 March 2020

ABA JOURNAL — Columbia Law School has decided to push back on-campus interviews for summer associates until January 2021 amid pressure from law firms, according to a published report. Several other law schools are also considering delays, according to the report by Law.com.

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