The House approved the original iteration of the HEROES Act this spring, a $3 trillion proposal immediately written off Senate Republicans, who said it included too many elements unrelated to the pandemic.
The bill pegs about $27 billion for public colleges out of a $208 billion state stabilization fund that would support K-12 and higher education. States would allocate funds to those institutions based on enrollment, favoring those with more Pell Grant recipients, a proxy for financial need. It excludes students taking only distance learning courses before the pandemic.
That funding could be used to train colleges’ faculty and staff on the technology and services needed for online classes, or to defray general expenses that have emerged from the health crisis. It could also be passed on to students in the form of emergency aid.
To receive the money, however, states would need to keep postsecondary