The American Rescue Plan Act provides critical funding to support educators, families, learning institutions, and students. These funds will be used to continue to safely reopen schools for in-person learning, address learning loss, bridge the digital divide and the homework gap, and support students as they work to recover from the long-term impacts of the pandemic. 

 

SUPPORT FOR SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS 

 

  • $125 billion for public K-12 schools 

  • Ensures that schools can safely reopen for in-person learning, address learning loss, and support students as they work to recover from the long-term impacts of the pandemic.  

  • Provides funding for repairing ventilation systems, reducing class sizes and implementing social distancing guidelines, purchasing personal protective equipment, and hiring support staff to care for students’ health and well-being. 

  • A “maintenance of effort” provision to ensure that higher-poverty school districts and schools do not shoulder a disproportionate amount of any state or local education cuts that do occur.  

  • $2.75 billion for private schools 

  • $1.3 billion for evidence-based summer enrichment programs 

  • $1.3 billion for afterschool support initiatives 

  • $800 million for students experiencing homelessness 

  • $3 billion in funding for programs authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  

  • $39.6 billion for colleges and universities and their students 

  • Provides funds for emergency financial aid grants to students to help them with college costs and basic needs like food, housing, and health care. 

  • Provides funds for institutions lost revenue and increased costs from declining enrollment, the transition to online learning, closures of revenue-producing services and facilities, and COVID-19 testing, vaccination, PPE, and classroom retrofits. 

  • A “maintenance of effort” provision will help to protect against higher education cuts at the state and local level.  

  • $200 million for libraries 

  • Provides libraries with the funding to safely reopen and implement public health protocols that will enable them to provide residents with accessible Wi-Fi, internet hotspots, education resources, expanded digital resources, and workforce development opportunities. 

  • $7.172 billion for Broadband for Remote Learning 

  • Provides funds to help schools and libraries ensure that our nation’s schoolchildren have access to an internet connection or a device adequate for distance learning at home so that students can fully participate in remote learning, even as schools look to reopen safely. 

  • $350 million for family violence and child abuse prevention and treatment 

  • Provides services to strengthen and support families who have faces increases stressors related to financial hardship and isolation throughout the pandemic. 

  • The funding will ensure that child welfare agencies have the necessary supports to safely prevent, investigate, and treat child abuse and neglect. 

  • This also includes funding for domestic violence and sexual assault service providers. 

  

 STUDENT LOAN SUPPORT 

 

  • Suspends loan payments and prevents interest from accruing on all federal student loans through September 20, 2021. 

  • Halts all involuntary collection of federal student loan debt, including wage garnishment and tax refund offset, through September 20, 2021. 

  • Any future student loan forgiveness passed between December 2020 and January 2026 is not taxable income. 

 

SUPPORT FOR PARENTS 

 

  • $39 billion for child care 

  • Supports qualifying child care providers through the crisis, even if providers are forced to close, and ensures that workers in the health care sector, emergency responders, sanitation workers, and other essential workers have access to child care to enable them to work. 

  • Increases the amount of child and dependent care expenses that are eligible for the credit to $8,000 for one qualifying individual and $16,000 for two or more qualifying individuals (such that the maximum credits would now be $4,000 and $8,000). 

  • $1 billion for Head Start 

  • Ensures Head Start programs have the resources they need to continue safely providing services to children and families throughout the pandemic. 

 

SUPPORT FOR VOLUNTEERS 

 

  • $1 billion for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) 

  • Enables AmeriCorps to increase the number of national service participants while making immediate targeted investments to meet the priorities outlined in the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 response strategy, including helping schools safely reopen, tackling the growing hunger crisis, and helping communities across the nation address other challenges brought on by the pandemic.