August 17, 2020
The U.S. Department of Education is appealing a ruling from a California judge that allows the state’s community colleges to distribute federal coronavirus aid to unauthorized and international students.
In an interim rule in June, the department blocked students who are ineligible for federal financial aid from receiving money under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The federal judge stopped those restrictions from taking effect among California’s two-year schools.
The appeal is the latest development in the ongoing saga over the distribution of CARES Act funding, which many in the higher education sector say the department bungled.