In this week's roundup:
the federal student loan repayment pause has been extended again, a community college deals with fake applications and higher education funding has taken a hit.
March 31- April 6
- The Biden Administration is granting its sixth extension of the student loan repayment pause, this time postponing payments until Sept. 1, 2022.
- A new U.S. Senate COVID-19 deal would revoke half a billion dollars in unspent money from higher education COVID-19 relief funding.
- New Mexico is planning to combat declines in enrollment with tuition-free college for in-state students. A new state law would cover tuition for public colleges and universities for all students regardless of income or immigrant status.
- Lincoln College, a small predominantly Black college in central Illinois, will close on May 13. The institution stated that a recent cyberattack in addition to financial struggles led to the decision to close its doors.
- The number of Hispanic-Serving Institutions has declined despite a growth in the U.S. Hispanic population. Defined as an institution with at least 25% Latinx enrollment, the number of HSIs has dropped for the first time in 20 years.
- Salt Lake Community College has been receiving fake student applications for the Spring 2022 semester. Leaders from the college have said the applications were made in an attempt to steal money from the federal Pell Grant and COVID-19 relief funds.
- The University of Michigan has warned students about a recent increase in COVID-19 cases. While the cases are reportedly among vaccinated students, U of M Chief Health Officer Preeti Malani says that indoor social gatherings are the main cause of rising cases.
- A number of college and university presidents will be attending a summit on anti-semitism in New York City this month. The summit is being organized by the American Jewish Committee in collaboration with the American Council on Education with the intention of “giving university administrators the tools and resources they need to speak out against antisemitism and take specific steps to make our campuses safer.”
- The University of Maryland will provide temporary housing for Afghan refugees. President Darryl J. Pines calls the University of Maryland “part of a global community” that embraces the opportunity to support humanity.
- The University of Colorado and Colorado State University are expanding their course offerings in rural areas of the state, with the hope of reaching areas where high school graduates haven’t been enrolling in college. Universities are also partnering with existing institutions in rural areas to boost opportunities for students who live in rural areas.