The Senate approved the largest federal stimulus in American history late Wednesday night (3/25). The House of Representatives will consider the $2.2 trillion bill on Friday (3/27). 

The bill is expected to provide $13 billion in emergency relief to colleges and students and temporarily suspend student loan payments until September. 

The stimulus package allocates $6.2 billion to higher ed institutions and $6.2 billion for emergency student aid. Nearly $1 billion will go to minority-serving institutions. 

The bill also gives the Education Department the authority to distribute an additional $300 million to colleges hit hardest. 

Taxpayers who earn up to $75,000 a year will receive a payment of $1,200, and most families will receive an additional $500 per child. The bill also includes a “substantial” expansion of unemployment benefits, guarantees loans for small businesses, creates a $500 billion fund for distressed companies and provides $100 billion in aid for hospitals and health systems. 

On March 11, President Trump announced travel restrictions for foreign nationals traveling from European countries to the United States beginning at midnight on Friday, March 13. The restrictions suspend entry of foreign nationals who have been traveling through any of the Schengen countries for 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival in the United States.

There are as many ways to pitch a story as there are reporters to pitch it to, but here are some general tips on what a good pitch includes.

Colleges and universities are bracing for significant disruptions to their day-to-day operations because of COVID-19 or Coronavirus. (Read more: Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal)

A new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that elite colleges should introduce a "bump" of 100 points to lower-income applications on their SAT/ACT scores if they wish to reduce the gap in economic diversity on campus. In this paper, Raj Chetty and other researchers from Brown, UC-Berkeley and the Federal Reserve Board suggest that by making this change it could substancially reduce segretation adn increase intergenerational mobility. 

Full Report: NBER 

Maggy Ralbovsky, executive vice president and managing director, was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed story about how colleges and universities manage institutional reputation.  

A new report from The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) has been released detailing mixed outcomes on the effectiveness of short-term education programs.  


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