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The original Cares Act allotted almost $14 billion in emergency aid to the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. The “Democrat” Party led US House led “Heroes” Act would allot an additional $10.15 billion to Higher Education, of which over $7 billion to private institutions. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2020/08/03/democrat-house-covid-bill-gives-over-7-billion-to-private-higher-ed-majority-of-higher-ed-money/ The Republican “Heals” Act is proposing an additional $29 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Apparently this again includes private institutions. Their act is apparently several unfindable bills (see summary below). Why fund or have higher ed since Congress has been giving our jobs away for decades and wants to give more away? https://twitter.com/USTechWorkers Money should be for public K-12 and community colleges. This higher ed billions of $ smells fishy or like pork barrel politics. Maybe to help prop up failing, often religion affiliated, private colleges.

Bravo Harvard for doing the right thing! Other private schools should do the same or return the money. Shame on Congress!

Harvard news release:
Harvard Statement on Decision to Not Accept Funds from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund April 22, 2020
There has been confusion in recent days about funds allocated to Harvard as part of the CARES Act.

Like most colleges and universities, Harvard has been allocated funds as part of the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Harvard did not apply for this support, nor has it requested, received or accessed these funds.

We have previously said that Harvard, like other institutions, will face significant financial challenges due to the pandemic and economic crisis it has caused. We are also concerned however, that the intense focus by politicians and others on Harvard in connection with this program may undermine participation in a relief effort that Congress created and the President signed into law for the purpose of helping students and institutions whose financial challenges in the coming months may be most severe. As a result of this, and the evolving guidance being issued around use of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, Harvard has decided not to seek or accept the funds allocated to it by statute.

We will inform the Department of Education of our decision and encourage the department to act swiftly to reallocate resources previously allocated to Harvard.

While we understand any reallocation of these resources is a matter for the Department of Education, we hope that special consideration will be given to Massachusetts institutions that are struggling to serve their communities and meet the needs of their students through these difficult and challenging times.

Harvard remains fully committed to providing the financial support that it has promised to its students.” Original here; emphasis our own: https://www.harvard.edu/media-relations/cares-act

Three weeks after the CARES Act was signed into law, the Education Department issued guidance that said only students who are eligible for federal student aid programs can qualify for these emergency grants. That means, according to the department, international students and undocumented students — including those who are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — are not eligible for any emergency aid“. https://www.npr.org/2020/05/18/853788067/congress-gave-colleges-a-14-billion-lifeline-heres-where-it-s-going

An apparent summary of one part of the Heals act:
Department of Education – $105.1 billion
Education Stabilization Fund – $105 billion. The proposal provides $105 billion to help get students back to school and provide for the continued learning of all students in elementary and secondary education and higher education, as follows:

• $1 billion for the Bureau of Indian Education and outlying areas; • $5 billion for the Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund; • $70 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund; and • $29 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

General Provisions (Education Stabilization Fund):

Authorizes funding for the Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund, which provides flexible funding to Governors to be used for early childhood education, elementary and secondary education, or higher education, based on the needs of the state.

Authorizes funding for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, which provides grants to states, including funding allocated to school districts based on existing formulas, and proportional funding for private schools based on the number of children attending private schools in the state. Of the funding allocated directly to school districts and private schools, one-third would be available to all school districts and private schools immediately. The remaining two-thirds would be available specifically to help schools with the additional costs to reopen for in-person instruction, with funding awarded based on certain minimum opening requirements and other criteria established by the state.

Authorizes funding for the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund, which provides grants directly to institutions of higher education, largely based on full-time equivalent enrollment of Pell grant recipients, to support both additional institutional expenses related to COVID-19 and additional student financial aid needs. Institutions that paid the endowment tax in 2019 would receive decreased allocations and could only use funding for student aid. Within the HEER fund, $2.9 billion is for additional and dedicated funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions.

Authorizes assistance to non-public schools.

Provides for the continued payment of school employees.https://www.blunt.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/LHHS%20Section%20by%20Section.pdf