Davis sponsors Keep College Students Learning Act

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) on March 16 sponsored legislation to ensure that American colleges and universities hold in-person courses during the upcoming fall semester. 

“We cannot continue with this lockdown mindset forever,” Rep. Davis said. “College students deserve the opportunity to have a normal, more productive learning experience with in-person instruction, and my legislation gives them the flexibility to do that.”

The Keep College Students Learning Act, H.R. 1912, would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to clarify the treatment of certain institutional financial assistance, according to the congressional record bill summary.

If enacted, H.R. 1912 would provide college students who are seeking in-person courses some financial flexibility during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to information provided by the congressman’s office. Specifically, a student who is set to attend college in the upcoming semester and who is also receiving a scholarship or financial aid from that college would be allowed to hold off on attending classes for up to a full academic year if that college is not offering in-person instruction at the same levels as the fall 2019 semester, the information states.

Additionally, H.R. 1912 would permit a student to attend another college for a semester or up to a full academic year that is offering in-person instruction, but could return to the original college the following semester or year when he or she decides to go back to in-person learning. Students also would have guarantees that their scholarships or financial aid from that college still would be available to them.

“With COVID-19 vaccines set to be available to the entire adult population after May 1, there’s no excuse for colleges and universities to conduct classes any differently than how they did before the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rep. Davis. “With more and more Americans vaccinated each day, it’s time for policymakers to start planning for life after the pandemic, and that includes leaders of higher education.”  

Ripon Advance News Service

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