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Boyle Calls on DeVos to Prevent Financial Burden To Fall On Students

March 19, 2020
Press Release

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) called on Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to ensure the financial burdens of the coronavirus response does not fall on students whose academic years have been disrupted. In an effort to take preventative measures against COVID-19, students were forced to leave their schools, relocate, and coordinate costly last-minute plans. 
“The safety of our students and faculty members is our top priority, but we must also make sure the unforeseen financial burdens do not cripple them,” said Congressman Boyle. “Many students faced housing and food insecurity in addition to increased financial hardships due to the sudden need to relocate and alter plans. As we act with the sense of urgency and gravity the situation calls for, we must be aware of the need to provide holistic solutions to alleviate repercussions that may arise.”
In addition to Congressman Boyle, the letter was signed by 67 Members of Congress. A few of the potential solutions mentioned in the letter include: tuition reimbursement for the spring term, housing reimbursement for the students who had to relocate, and/or financial compensation for those who had to make last-minute travel plans. The letter can be viewed here .