April 2020 Government & Community Relations Update

Wyden pushes for access by college students to food security assistance

April 30, 2020
On April 23, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) pushed to help college students in Oregon and nationwide have access to critical nutrition assistance by opening the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), which can be triggered during a pandemic.

“Don’t tax student aid”: Higher ed organizations ask for clarification on taxability of student emergency aid

April 24, 2020
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, includes funding for universities and for direct emergency financial aid grants to students. The emergency grants are intended to cover student expenses including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care.

Higher ed associations submit recommendations for Phase 4 of the CARES Act

April 14, 2020
As Congress continues to address the need for financial relief related to the financial impacts of COVID-19, higher education associations have addressed congressional leadership with their recommendations for Phase 4 of the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.