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Apr 20, 2020

COVID-19 has effected colleges and universities in myriad ways, and we’re just beginning to understand the changes for students and institutions coming down the road. Students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status have particular needs during this time. Carrie Hauser, president of Colorado Mountain College, talks with co-hosts Jon Fansmith and Lorelle Espinosa about how her institution has responded to the pandemic and how its unique, interest-free income share agreement for DACA students has adapted.


Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Guidance Discussion Group
ACE Engage®

Higher Education Community Requests $46.6 Billion for Students and Institutions in Fourth Supplemental Package, Proposes Tax Changes

CMC Responds: Today, Tomorrow, Together
Colorado Mountain College

Unemployment Surge Hits Mountain Counties Hardest, Followed by Northern Front Range
The Denver Post | April 15, 2020

Fund Sueños
Colorado Mountain College


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Jon Fansmith is a director for government relations at ACE. He represents its members on matters related to the federal budget and appropriations process, with a particular focus on student aid.

Lorelle Espinosa is the vice president for research at ACE. In this role, she is responsible for developing the organization’s thought leadership and research agenda and for ensuring a consistent evidence base across ACE’s array of programs and services.