Education, Labor Departments Renewal of efforts to help the unemployed Americans pursue postsecondary education August 16, 2021 Contact: Press office, (202) 401-1576, Press@ed.gov
  • today, the Department of Education of the The United States, in partnership with the US Department of Labor UU, launched an initiative to help connect to millions of unemployed Americans to postsecondary education, especially the displaced their employment during the pandemic. To help all Americans seek educational opportunities or training that lead good jobs, education and work departments will alert higher education institutions and state-of-law enforcement agencies on ways to help beneficiaries of insurance of Unemployment (UI) Access opportunities for postsecondary education.

    The Biden Administration began this scope with a series of actions:

  • The Department of Education updated prior guidance to financial aid administrators in higher education institutions on their authority for Exercising "Professional Judgment" for individual financiers helps the applicants and adjust the income of recently unemployed applicants to zero. This action has helped ensure that students receive the maximum benefit to which they are entitled to their postsecondary education.
  • The Department of Labor will alert the state agencies of the workforce that the recipients of the UI, in many cases, are eligible for postsecondary education financing as federal aid for students in higher education institutions.

    "I am encouraged that through these changes, the education and work departments of the United States are helping the unemployed Americans have the opportunity to return to school, get new knowledge. and Skills, and access opportunities through higher education, "said Secretary of Education of the United States, Miguel Cardona. "These efforts will increase a long way towards the expansion of the middle class, in growth of the economy and will help people to carry prosperous lives and support their families, since our nation continues to recover from the effects of the pandemic. I have many Eager to promote this invaluable association of the agency agency and when seeing the ways in which more Americans can benefit from it. "

    In addition, the United States Department of Education created a new destination page that States can share with the beneficiaries of the UI to help them identify bids at universities that are also eligible training providers Under the Law of Innovation and Opportunity Opportunities (Wione). Through WiOa, the federal government invests in the public workforce system. In some states, the UI recipients can continue to receive benefits while attending school or training. The website is available on collegescorecard.ed.gov/training.

    This action renews a similar effort made in 2009 by the Obama administration, when more than 20 million people received information about their possible federal eligibility for students. The subsequent research on the effectiveness of this initiative indicated that eligible persons who received information on their possible federal eligibility for the Pell grant were 40% more likely to enroll in a postsecondary program.

    Today's announcement is based on the commitment of the BIDEN administration with addressing the current economic crisis resulting from the pandemic and provide support to the schools and communities that need it most. Last month, the department announced temporary changes to the federal process of aid aid to the student to eliminate the obstacles of the borrowers and focus on fraud. The Department has also provided access to billions in emergency assistance to students and relief to institutions through the Higher Education Emergency Aid Fund and has published guidance by urging institutions to take measures to avoid the spread of Covid- 19 and support your students.

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