U.S. Department of Education issues new guidance related to COVID-19 and CARES Act regulatory flexibilities

On 15 May 2020 the U.S. Department of Education (ED) published an electronic announcement to provide guidance on regulatory flexibilities set forth in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and to update and expand on prior guidance related to federal student financial aid requirements in light of COVID-19.

ED's prior guidance was issued on 5 March and on 3 April. Our client advisory on the 5 March guidance is available here. This client advisory summarizes ED's guidance on distance education and certain other selected federal student financial aid matters, and it provides a chart that outlines the CARES Act provisions regarding regulatory flexibility.

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