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.

Federal Advocacy

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

ACE and Other Groups Highlight Importance of International Students as Response to Trump’s Immigration Order

ACE and 62 other associations have offered to assist the departments of Labor, Homeland Security, and State in the review of non-immigrant programs mandated by President Trump's recent executive order on immigration.

ACE Asks Congress Not to Tax Emergency Student Financial Aid Grants

The letter to House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees requested that the emergency student financial aid grants authorized by the CARES Act are not subject to taxation (115KB PDF).

ACE Writes to House Leadership Urging Borrower Relief During the Pandemic

Letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy requesting relief for both the 13.7 million students borrowing to finance their college educations and the 44 million already in repayment (118KB PDF).

ACE Comments on the Main Street Lending Program for Nonprofit Schools

Comments to the Federal Reserve Chairman requesting updated guidance on the Main Street Lending Program to clarify that nonprofit private and public institutions are included and to exempt student workers from the employee threshhold (154KB PDF).

A Statement of Principles on the Acceptance of Credit During the COVID-19 Emergency

ACE and other higher education associations released principles modelling the integrity, flexibility, understanding, and compassion that are at the heart of the work colleges and universities are doing on behalf of students during this extraordinarily trying time.

ACE Simulation Estimates What Individual Institutions Will Receive

ACE has prepared a preliminary analysis​ of what individual institutio​ns may receive​ to support costs such as shifting classes online and for grants to students for food, housing, technology, and other purposes.

Rapid-Response Webinars

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

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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