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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Natow

Federal Higher Education Policy News

Here are some federal higher education policy stories in the news today:

From Inside Higher Education: "A Trump administration policy could deny education benefits to National Guard members helping states fight the coronavirus. Criticism mounts of plan to end deployment after 89 days instead of the 90 required for eligibility."

Also from Inside Higher Education: "The number of students filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid is still down from this time last year. Completions of the application started to decline in mid-March, when parts of the country began to shut down in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the National College Attainment Network."

From the Chronicle of Higher Education: "The Optional Practical Training program, or OPT, allows international students to remain in the United States on their student visas after they graduate from college, so that they can work in their field of study for at least a year. According to news reports, the administration is considering restrictions in the program, in an effort to reduce competition for recent American college graduates who are entering the work force as the economy contracts because of the coronavirus."

Finally, the Chronicle of Higher Education interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about colleges' reopening plans. When asked what college leaders should consider in making the decision to return on-campus in the fall, Dr. Fauci said: "I don’t think it’s going to be one size fits all. I think it’s going to depend on the location of where the particular university or place of higher education is, what the demography of the students is, where they’re coming from. All of these things have to be taken into account."

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