Government Affairs

Policy Matters | DeVos Resigns Due to Violent Attack on U.S. Capitol; Joe Biden Assumes Presidency, Extends COVID Student Loan Relief Day One (January 2021)

January 30, 2021

Following the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos resigned, stating that she believed Donald Trump’s rhetoric led to the violence of that day. Weeks later, thousands of troops are still quartering in the Capitol complex for the first time since the Civil War. Congress and the new…

Policy Matters | New COVID Relief Bill Passes with Higher Education Support; Biden Picks Secretary of Education Nominee (December 2020)

December 28, 2020

Major Updates New COVID Relief Bill Passes with $23B Emergency Support for Higher Education; Includes Broadband Support, FAFSA Simplification and Federal Aid Eligibility for Incarcerated Students Following months of inaction, Congress has passed a massive COVID relief package, attached to the spending bill which averted a government shutdown. While UPCEA and others have argued that the…

Policy Matters | Joe Biden is President Elect – What Does that Mean for Higher Education Policy? (November 2020)

November 24, 2020

Major Updates Joe Biden is President Elect – What Does that Mean for Higher Education Policy? President-Elect Joe Biden will become the next President of the United States of America in January, so what does that mean for our field? For one, Jill Biden (who some of you will remember was a Keynote Speaker at…

Policy Matters | U.S. Department of Education Provides Updated FAQs for CARES Act Funds (October 2020)

October 29, 2020

Major Updates U.S. Department of Education Provides Updated FAQs for CARES Act Funds Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education released updated FAQs around the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) allocations. This included clarifications that it would not take enforcement measures against universities who issued funds to students who were not…

UPCEA is a proud founding member of the Today's Students Coalition.

UPCEA Policy Committee

Ricky LaFosse, University of Michigan, Chair
Kristen Brown, University of Louisville
Allison Friederichs, University of Denver
Mary Niemec, University of Nebraska
Reed Scull, University of Wyoming
Dick Senese, Capella University