Coping with COVID-19

As higher education works to establish a new sense of normalcy following the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Council on Education has assembled a variety of resources to help campus leaders, students, and parents make informed decisions about their ​ immediate needs, fall 2​020 classes, and beyond.

For the latest official guidance and considerations, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website.

Rapid-Response Webinars

ACE webinars and recordings for campus leaders responding to COVID-19.

Federal Advocacy

Read more about ACE's COVID-19 federal advocacy work on the COVID-19 Policy Developments page.

Letter: How Colleges and Universities Can Help With the Federal COVID-19 Pandemic Response (PDF)

In this letter to President Joe Biden, ACE and 38 other higher education groups outline some tangible ways that colleges and universities with sufficient capacity and resources could volunteer to contribute to this critical national endeavor.

ED Announces Plans for Distributing Emergency Relief; Biden COVID-19 Relief Plan Would Give $35 Billion to Higher Education

​The Department of Education (ED) has announced its plan for distributing the largest pool of funding for students and higher education institutions in the COVID-19 relief bill passed in December.

New COVID-19 Relief Bill: An Estimate of What Individual Institutions May Receive

​​​​​​The COVID-19 relief measure approved by Congress Dec. 21, 2020, and signed into law Dec. 27 by President Trump, provides $22.7 billion in emergency assistance for higher education institutions and students.

Related Resources

Up-to-the-minute COVID-19 resources for the higher education community, also found on ACE Engage® and in the ACE news room. Access to ACE Engage is currently free of charge.

​Join the Discussion

Join the Recovery 2020 Discussion Group on ACE Engage, chaired by Tulane University President Emeritus Scott Cowen, to discuss the complex issues involved with returning to in-person campus settings and integrating virtual and face-to-face learning in the coming academic year.​​​​​​​

For broader conversations on other COVID-19 related topics, visit our main discussion group.

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