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Biden Reversing Trump Rules to Allow Undocumented Students Access to Pandemic Aid

Biden Reversing Trump Rules to Allow Undocumented Students Access to Pandemic Aid

“supersedes rules issued by the Trump administration in April and June 2020 that restricted the pandemic assistance to students who were eligible for federal financial aid under the Higher Education Act of 1965”

You can tell so much about this administration by their priorities. The country has a million problems that are not being dealt with, but this got done.

CBS News reports:

Undocumented college students can access pandemic aid, Biden administration says, reversing Trump rule

The Biden administration announced on Tuesday it will allow undocumented college students, including so-called “Dreamers,” to access federal coronavirus relief aid, reversing Trump-era guidance that rendered them ineligible for the assistance allocated by Congress.

New rules by the Department of Education allow undocumented immigrant students, including those protected from deportation by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, to request the aid, as long as they have been enrolled at a U.S. college or university since March 13, 2020, when the U.S. declared a national emergency over the coronavirus.

Refugees, asylum-seekers and undocumented immigrants who are not enrolled in DACA are also eligible for the grants, the department clarified Tuesday, saying the Trump-era limits blocked aid for the country’s “most needy and vulnerable students.”

The guidance supersedes rules issued by the Trump administration in April and June 2020 that restricted the pandemic assistance to students who were eligible for federal financial aid under the Higher Education Act of 1965. Those Trump-era rules excluded international and undocumented students, who can’t access federal college assistance.

Under the CARES Act in March 2020, Congress allocated $12.5 billion to establish the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. At least half of that money was required to go to colleges and universities to distribute to students struggling during the pandemic, so they could pay for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

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Wait, I thought Presidents can’t overrule a prior President’s executive orders.

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