Mapping Your Future: More information released on disaster relief for education


More information released on disaster relief for education

By Catherine Mueller

March 22, 2018

The Secretary of Education provided more information on the relief for educational institutions impacted by the natural disasters in the past year.

On Monday, March 19, Secretary DeVos released the application for state educational agencies (SEAs) to apply for initial funding under the Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations (Restart) program. The release follows DeVos' recent announcement of $2.7 billion in federal assistance to help K-12 school districts and schools, as well as institutions of higher education, in their recovery efforts from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and the 2017 California wildfires.

The following are further updates on the Department's relief actions for higher education:

  • The Department reallocated $22.9 million in campus-based aid to students.
  • The Department has provided all guidance and relief information in Spanish online.
  • The Department established communication with and continues to support – as requested – all 1,700 institutions of higher education impacted by natural disasters.
  • The Department provided borrowers flexibility in making federal student loan payments.
  • The Department granted more than 200 individual requests for regulatory relief from institutions of higher education.

Learn more about these program's on the Department's "Disaster Relief" webpage at