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AAU, Associations Support $40B for Higher Education Pandemic Relief, Remind Lawmakers More Is Needed

AAU joined ACE and 56 other higher education associations on letters to House and Senate leaders to express their strong support for H.R. 1319, the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.” The group notes that while the $40 billion included in the measure for higher education relief falls short of the $97 billion needed to address student and institutional needs, it “represents the largest federal effort so far to address the crippling impact of the pandemic on colleges and universities.” The groups also applaud lawmakers’ efforts to provide dedicated support to address the disproportionate effect the pandemic has had on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving institutions, and other Minority-Serving Institutions.