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Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

The U.S. Education Department on Thursday made available the $21.2 billion in help to higher education included in the coronavirus relief legislation Congress and President Trump approved in December, but undocumented students could be left out of getting help through emergency student grants again.

Meanwhile, billions more in aid could be on the way. President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday also released a summary of the $1.9 trillion relief package he is planning to propose upon taking office, including another $35 billion in help for colleges and universities.

Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

 

Colleges and universities that received federal stimulus dollars last year will have an easier time accessing the second round of relief, but higher education experts say it will still take work to get money into the hands of students.

On Thursday, the Education Department made $21.2 billion from the latest stimulus package available to institutions of higher education to support students and school operations. The federal agency said it will soon release a separate pot of money for historically Black schools, minority-serving institutions and other hard-hit schools.

Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

Public health officials, some unions who represent front-line workers and physicians are trying to educate people about COVID-19 vaccines and to knock down myths and conspiracy theories. Here are some common questions, and the answers to them:

How does the vaccine work? 

Vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use mRNA, a single-strand of genetic code that triggers and teaches your body to make antibodies. 

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021

One of the aspects of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings that always receives a lot of attention is our measurement of reputation. Every year, we survey thousands of published academics across the world and ask them to name the universities that they believe are the best in research and teaching.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021

Your student loans may get cancelled in the new stimulus package.

Here’s what you need to know.

Student Loans

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021

An aide for the incoming Biden administration said last week the president-elect will extend the payment pause and interest waiver for student loan borrowers beyond this month, when it was set to expire.

That means the 42 million Americans with federal student loans will have more time before they need to start making their monthly payments again.

Yet one detail was missing from the announcement: How much more time?

Wednesday, Jan. 06, 2021

The past decade has seen tremendous technological innovations, which have disrupted practically every industry there is. 

Blockchain is disrupting traditional finance, 3D printing is changing the way we build and create, and artificial intelligence is cropping up practically everywhere — and is increasingly working its way into our everyday lives. 

Wednesday, Jan. 06, 2021

A lot of factors play into the answer, and it depends on each person's health, what they do for a living and where they live.

States will handle immunization campaigns differently, experts say. Some campaigns may be smoother than others, but if there is one piece of advice to keep in mind, it's this: Keep taking measures to protect yourself and your family until you're inoculated.

That means continuing to wear masks, socially distance, avoid large gatherings and regularly wash your hands. 

Tuesday, Jan. 05, 2021

Over the past month, COVID-19’s death toll in the United States has regularly risen by roughly 2,000 or 3,000 a day. With numbers so large, the pain and heartbreak behind each individual death often doesn’t register.

Perhaps people would be less numb to the death toll if it were scaled down to a more human level. A change in time frame might help: Consider, for instance, that during the month of December, an average of about 1.7 people in the U.S. died from COVID-19 every minute.

Tuesday, Jan. 05, 2021

The University of Illinois has completed a critical step toward obtaining federal approval for its saliva-based COVID-19 test, but some lawmakers worry it’s taking too long to help other state colleges, school districts and companies struggling to operate amid the pandemic.

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