The Denver Post

White House says students without legal status can receive pandemic aid.


WA SH I NGTON» The Biden administra­tion said Tuesday that students in the country illegally could receive some of the $36 billion in emergency stimulus aid flowing to colleges, reversing a Trump-era policy that barred them from earlier rounds of funding that could help cover necessitie­s.

Miguel Cardona, the education secretary, told reporters during a phone call Monday that a final rule issued through the Education Department would not require colleges to consider students’ immigratio­n status when determinin­g their need for federal grants that could pay for basics such as food and housing.

According to the rule, the

Biden administra­tion determined that doing so would create “significan­t additional roadblocks and delays” in issuing the grants.

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