Launch of New Tool to Track Education CARES Act Funding

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.

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Keeping the Promise: Introducing New and Enhanced Features on StudentAid.gov

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.

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Army Vet Continues to Serve in the Classroom

By: Timothy Lawson

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.

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Finding Our Rhythm

Finding Our Rhythm

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.”

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The Parent’s Guide to Filling Out the FAFSA® Form

2019 Parent's Guide FAFSA

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.

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May Schools Disclose Information about Cases of COVID-19?

By: Kevin Herms, Director of the Student Privacy Policy Office

Do federal privacy laws allow schools to disclose information about cases of COVID-19? The Student Privacy Policy Office at the U.S. Department of Education provided guidance on that subject in March 2020. Today, we are reminding schools of this guidance and answering four of the most common questions that schools may face regarding privacy and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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