According to a release from the U.S. Education Department, states will be able to seek a waiver from federal testing requirements by filling out a form with a new streamlined application process. Many schools had already announced they wouldn't return until April 20 at the earliest, before the state's order.
In another sign of upheaval in the nation's education system, the organization that oversees the Advanced Placement program announced Friday that regular AP testing will be canceled because of the coronavirus crisis and replaced by shorter online versions of the exams that can be taken in 45 minutes at home. "Students are simply too unlikely to be able to perform their best in this environment". However, schools can and are encouraged to offer supplemental learning opportunities to students using distance learning methods as they see fit.
Typically, federal student-loan borrowers have to qualify for deferment or forbearance based on certain financial hardships and at the discretion of their lender.
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"These are anxious times, particularly for students and families whose educations, careers, and lives have been disrupted", DeVos said. Last Friday, Trump announced the federal government would waive interest on all student loans "until further notice".
"Right now, everyone should be focused on staying safe and healthy, not worrying about their student loan balance growing", said a statement from DeVos, who added that any borrower who has experienced an income change can contact their loan servicer to discuss lowering their monthly payment. The Public Interest Research Group said loan payments should be suspended automatically rather than by request, and the group says the suspension should be guaranteed for the length of the pandemic even if it goes beyond 60 days.
It's important to note that the government direction only applies to federally held loans. "And we have more to come on student loans, more good news for the students. That's going to make a lot of students happy".