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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Natow

Federal Court in Washington State Issues Preliminary Injunction on ED Guidance on CARES Act Funding

This past Friday, a federal court in Washington state issued a preliminary injunction to temporarily block implementation of the U.S. Department of Education's April guidance regarding CARES Act funding that stated non-Title IV-eligible students -- including undocumented and international students -- could not receive the funding.

From Inside Higher Education: "U.S. District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice granted a preliminary injunction that, for now, gives Washington State colleges and universities broader latitude in handing out the grants Congress created to help students whose lives were disrupted by campus closures during the coronavirus pandemic... However, the injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington is limited in its scope. It applies only to institutions in Washington State and does not keep the interim rule [Secretary of Education Betsy] DeVos announced last Thursday limiting the eligibility for the grants from going into effect in the rest of the nation as soon as today."

Read the court's full ruling here.

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