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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published April 13, 2022

American Association of College of Nursing - Washington Weekly - Your Inside Track to Federal Policy

U.S. Department of Education Extends Federal Student Loan Payment Pause

On April 6, the U.S. Department of Education announced the sixth extension of the federal student loan pause, which has spanned over two years and two presidencies. The pause of repayment has been extended until September 2022. The extension will provide additional time for borrowers to plan for when payments resume and to help them gain additional financial security following the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, read the official statement here.

COVID-19 Relief Bill Flounders Ahead of Congressional Recess

On April 4, the Senate announced that they found common ground on the $10 billion supplemental COVID-19 relief package. The bipartisan proposal included funding for urgent COVID-19 needs and therapeutics. Unspent COVID funds within the American Rescue Plan would be repurposed under this proposal. The deal includes funding for the Department of Health and Human Services, which is embedded in the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF). As of last week, the package was delayed due to amendment disagreements. AACN will continue to monitor this process. To view the bill, click here.

Join HRSA’s Nurse Corps Scholarship Program Webinar on April 14

On Thursday, April 14, from 3:00 - 4:00 pm (ET), the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) is hosting an application assistance webinar on the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program. Come with application questions and have them answered during this webinar. The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program pays for educational costs, including tuition and fees. Scholarship recipients in return, after they graduate, agree to work at a Critical Shortage Facility. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to review the application and program guidance and see if you are eligible for this scholarship. For more information and to tune into the April 14 webinar, click here. For more information on the Nurse Corps Scholarship or to apply before the May 5 deadline, click here.

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