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My Roommate Has Covid. Now What?
College students are back on campus for the fall semester amid fewer COVID-19 restrictions. What do they do if their roommate tests positive?
Automatic Student Loan Payment Refunds Coming to Millions
Borrowers who paid off part of their loans during the COVID-19 payment pause will get refunded if they qualify for debt cancellation.
New Grant Supports Education, Career Training for Californians Impacted by COVID-19
The Golden State Education and Training Grant Program will give $2,500 to Californians enrolled in educational programs that help them return to the workforce.
Here’s What College Students Need to Know About Long COVID
College students dealing with long-term effects from COVID-19 may qualify for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Omicron Booster Shots Are Here. Will Colleges Require Them?
Public health experts told BestColleges that schools are unlikely to require students to get the new omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine boosters but will likely increase vaccine-education efforts.
Colleges Scale Back, Eliminate Quarantine Dorms for Fall Semester
As federal and state guidance shifts, colleges' approach to housing students with COVID-19 varies widely.
Colleges Received $77B in COVID-19 Pandemic Relief. Now What?
The tap has run dry on HEERF, the largest government grant program in the history of higher education. Experts worry that financial insecurity remains a huge hurdle for students.
Colleges Will Enforce Fewer COVID-19 Protocols This Fall: Report
Mask mandates, quarantines, and travel restrictions are being lifted as students return to campus.
UCLA Drops Indoor Mask Mandate
The university updated its COVID-19 protocols after the CDC dropped Los Angeles County from “high” to "medium" transmission levels.
College Vaccine Mandates Reduced COVID-19 Spread in Surrounding Communities
Counties with colleges that implemented vaccine mandates for the fall 2021 semester had fewer COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to a new working paper.
University of Hawai’i Will Start Fall Semester With Mask Mandate
University officials will keep a system-wide indoor mask mandate in place through Sept. 19 after consulting with the state Department of Health on COVID-19 guidelines.
Without County Mask Mandate, L.A. Colleges Develop Individual Policies
Public health officials say L.A.’s latest COVID-19 wave has crested and hope the most populous U.S. county will move to "medium" community transmission levels soon.
Grinnell Drops COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate After Iowa Law Bans Them
A state law banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates at colleges and universities through 2029 went into effect July 1
UC Irvine Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate as COVID-19 Cases Increase
The school's universal masking policy will apply to everyone on campus regardless of vaccination status.
Illinois Governor Lifts Vaccine Mandates for College Students, Staff
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said COVID-19 vaccines are the best tool to fight the pandemic and urged all state residents to get vaccinated.
HBCU Uses COVID-19 Funds to Clear Student Debt
This is the second time Fayetteville State University in North Carolina has used pandemic relief funds to wipe out student debt.
International Enrollment Continues Rebound From Pandemic Lows
Colleges and universities continue to pursue and accept international students, mainly for hybrid or in-person classes.
Report: $73 Million in Pandemic Relief Mistakenly Awarded to Colleges
The 25 duplicate awards represent less than 0.1% of the more than 30,000 HEERF grants colleges received during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Federal COVID-19 Funds Helped States Increase Higher Ed Spending
State funding for public colleges increased by 4.5% despite the economic impact of the pandemic and ongoing enrollment declines, according to a new report.
Tennessee Grapples With Deepening College Enrollment Declines
Officials called declines in the rate of high school graduates who immediately enrolled in college a "call to action."
Michigan May Expand Free Community College, Career-Training Programs
Bipartisan bills making their way through the statehouse would use COVID-19 relief funds to pay for an expansion of the successful Michigan Reconnect program.
Community College Enrollment Crash Continues, Career-Focused Programs Rebound
Enrollment at community colleges has declined by more than 20% since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
College Enrollment Slips for Fifth Straight Semester
Pandemic-induced declines in undergraduate enrollment continued into Spring 2022, with colleges and universities seeing a one-year decline of 662,000 students.
Colleges Urged to Spend COVID-19 Funds on Student Mental Health Services
New Department of Education guidance outlines how colleges have used HEERF to improve student mental health services and encourages other institutions to follow suit.
Republican Bill Would End Student Loan Payment Pause
The bill would also prohibit the president from canceling outstanding student debt due to a national emergency.
Biden Extends Pause on Federal Student Loan Payments Through August
Payments and interest accrual were suspended at the start of the pandemic. Biden said an extension is needed to prevent "significant economic hardship."
COVID-19 Relief Checks Could Put College Students’ Financial Aid At Risk
Increased unemployment checks issued during the pandemic are changing the expected family contribution calculation for aid on the FAFSA form.
Here’s How Students Can Get COVID-19 Relief Funds
The Department of Education says a significant portion of the $198 million it will distribute this year should address students' basic needs.
Pandemic School Closures Leave Students Unprepared for College
Pandemic school closures have set students back academically and socially with reverberating effects, likely including college preparedness.
Biden Administration Announces Additional $198M in COVID Relief for Colleges
The American Rescue Plan funds will go to community colleges and rural institutions with struggling enrollment numbers.
As Colleges Adapt to Omicron, Most Resume In-Person Classes
With COVID-19 cases on the rise, new data shows many schools now require a vaccine booster for students, but few delayed their semester start or switched to remote learning.
Biden Extends Student Loan Repayment Pause
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Chuck Schumer had been pushing the president to take action on student debt.
Colleges Plan to Go Remote to Start 2022 as Omicron Spreads
COVID-19 concerns are prompting some schools — most notably Harvard — to return to online learning for the start of next semester.
These Are the Colleges Requiring Vaccine Boosters Now
Schools are following the science showing booster shots increase antibodies that fight the omicron variant of COVID-19.
Will Colleges Require COVID-19 Booster Shots?
Higher ed is re-examining COVID-19 vaccine policies as the delta variant of COVID-19 surges and the omicron variant spreads.
New Mask, Booster Mandates Possible As Colleges Prep for Omicron
The new omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 poses a potential obstacle for campuses hoping to return to pre-pandemic normalcy.
Colleges Unlikely to Require COVID Vaccine Booster Shots: Survey
The new omicron variant of the virus may alter the way schools view COVID vaccine boosters, however.
CDC: College Students Should Get a COVID Booster Shot
The CDC strengthened its COVID-19 booster shot recommendation on Nov. 29 in response to the omicron variant.
What Colleges Require the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Colleges across the U.S. are increasingly requiring COVID-19 vaccination for on-campus learning. Check out the full list of colleges that require the vaccine.