By: Brent Madoo and Shannon McCaulley, Office of the Chief Data Officer, OPEPD
As COVID-19 caused unprecedented disruption to education, Congress and the Trump Administration took quick action to provide billions in funding to help learning continue for students of all ages. The passage of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act appropriated $30.75 billion for an Education Stabilization Fund. The Department of Education worked swiftly to ensure that the taxpayer funds went to states, equivalent outlying areas, schools, and institutions of higher education to address the learning needs and well-being of students across the country.
By: Chief Operating Officer Mark Brown, Federal Student Aid
At the U.S. Department of Education office of Federal Student Aid, we know this time of year may be different in a number of ways because of the COVID-19 emergency. Some of you may be using technology to learn and work remotely, while others have returned to campuses and workplaces for in-person instruction and essential or front-line jobs. Many of us are even rethinking how we’ll gather to celebrate Thanksgiving later this month. The COVID-19 emergency has certainly altered many aspects of our daily life.
On Veterans Day, we honor those who have served our nation. For many Veterans, service did not end when they took the uniform off. Those like Kendrick Lusk, who retired in 2018, took their service to the classroom. Kendrick’s father served in Vietnam and his mother worked as a schoolteacher. He followed in their footsteps.
Teaching kindergarten is my jam. It is something that I absolutely love doing and find that it has become second nature to me. Those closest to me always joke that I love it so much because I’m a 28-year-old child at heart. I still play video games every night, I have the same taste in food as the kids in my class, and I can’t help but laugh at a cheesy joke. Student engagement has always come naturally to me – at least until mid-March of 2020 when I heard the words, “Mr. Steen, this is boring.”
While the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form is the student’s application, we know that parents often play a large role in the process. After all, students who are considered dependent have to provide parental information on the FAFSA form anyway and must have a parent sign it. While we recommend that the student start his or her own FAFSA form, we know that’s not always what happens. With that in mind, we wanted to provide instructions for parents who are starting the FAFSA form on behalf of their child so you can avoid running into issues completing the form.
Having one child who is heading to college can be stressful but having to help multiple children at the same time can feel overwhelming. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about filling out the FAFSA form when you have more than one child in college:
By now, we’re all aware of the difficult landscape of school in 2020. Our story has probably played out like most of yours. Families were provided the option to choose in-person or virtual learning for their child/student.
On Aug. 8, 2020, President Trump extended the 0% student loan interest rate and suspension of payments on federal student loans owned by the Department of Education (ED) until Dec. 31, 2020. These relief measures began March 13, 2020.
If you need financial aid to help you pay for college, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. The 2021–22 FAFSA form will be available on Oct. 1, 2020. You should fill it out as soon as possible on or after Oct. 1 at the official government site, fafsa.gov.