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HEERF audit guide and webinar recording now available


We're delighted to share a recent article and webinar aimed at helping institutions understand the compliance requirements found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General "Guide for Compliance Attestation Engagements of Proprietary Schools Expending Higher Education Emergency Relief Act Funds." READ MORE

Minding FERPA during COVID-19

Scott Goldschmidt May 11, 2020
College campus during springtime

In an effort to respond to COVID-19, institutions of higher education are undertaking unprecedented operational changes, and doing so at lightning speed. If you have not already done so, it is important to take a moment to consider whether the changes that have occurred on your campus have given rise to new student privacy matters that need to be addressed. READ MORE

Making Clery Act notifications during COVID-19

Katie Wendel Aaron Lacey May 11, 2020
Archway on college campus with bikes

As postsecondary counsel and administrators continue to manage the many changes brought on by COVID-19, they also continue to work through a wide range of compliance issues. In this post, we include a brief note regarding compliance with notification requirements under the Clery Act, a consumer protection law that, among other things, requires postsecondary institutions to disclose information about crime and emergencies occurring on or near campus. READ MORE

CARES Act funds: Significant new USED guidance includes surprises


The U.S. Department of Education has issued significant new guidance to institutions of higher education regarding their receipt and use of the funds being distributed through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), a relief program created by the CARES Act. In this article, we review the important, and in some cases, surprising information that was included in the new guidance documents. READ MORE

ED issues instructions to Higher Ed to obtain CARES Act funds


Earlier this afternoon, the U.S. Department of Education sent a letter to institutional leaders detailing the process for securing the first round of relief funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act. READ MORE

The CARES Act: More options for higher education

U.S. capitol dome

This is a brief overview of provisions of the CARES Act that, while not designed specifically for higher education, are nonetheless relevant to institutions in their roles as businesses and employers, and which may provide opportunities for economic relief. READ MORE

The CARES Act: Summary of provisions impacting higher education institutions and borrowers

Capitol at night

In this article, we provide a brief overview of the provisions of the CARES Act that most directly concern institutions of higher education and their borrowers. In some cases, the statutory language contemplates extraordinary waivers, assistance, and accommodations, with very little detail regarding when and how such relief will become available. READ MORE

COVID-19: Is there a silver lining for higher education?

Aaron Lacey March 26, 2020
An empty college classroom with desks and a podium

The onset of COVID-19 on institutions of higher ed has come at a time when the industry is already facing significant financial distress and declining enrollment. However, for institutions who survive this hardship, there is reason to believe that the hard times that have plagued higher education in recent years might finally abate. READ MORE

Immigration and COVID-19: What does higher ed need to know?

March 20, 2020
Illustration of a diverse crowd all wearing medical masks

In response to the Coronavirus, many colleges and universities have closed their campuses and shifted to online instruction. From F-1 students to foreign national faculty, physicians and staff, stakeholders across higher ed find themselves in the midst of a constantly evolving immigration environment, including new travel restrictions, suspension of visa services and more. READ MORE