The steady stream of news emerging from the nation’s capital can be overwhelming. NACUBO highlights key actions and provides the status of top higher education business concerns.
DHS Issues New Guidance on International Students
Following several rule changes from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) concerning the permissibility of international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities in the fall semester, NACUBO and nearly 50 other higher education associations requested that DHS move quickly to issue new guidance for schools and students, efficiently process pending international student visas, and offer assurances that all students with a valid visa will be permitted to enter the U.S. for the fall semester. On July 24, DHS issued new guidance that students planning to enroll in a university that is entirely online will likely not be able to obtain F-1 or M-1 visas to physically study in the United States. The guidance also makes clear that existing international students will not be forced to leave the country if their university transitions fully online at some point during their semester.
Filing Deadline Extended for Tax-Exempt Hospitals
IRS Notice 2020-56, published July 14, extends the deadline for tax-exempt hospitals to comply with any community health needs assessment (CHNA) requirements to December 31, 2020. Hospitals must indicate on Schedule H of the Form 990 whether they have conducted a CHNA in the current tax year or in either of the two immediately preceding tax years. They also must indicate whether they have adopted an implementation strategy to meet the healthcare needs identified in the most recently completed CHNA. Hospitals that file the Form 990 prior to December 31 can state in the narrative portion of Part V, Section C, (Supplemental Information) that they are relying on the relief provided in the notice and should not be treated as failing to meet the CHNA-related requirements.
IRS Fact Sheet on Large Cash Payment Reporting Requirements
The IRS published a fact sheet summarizing the Form 8300 reporting obligations of any business, including colleges and universities, that receives more than $10,000 in cash in a single transaction or in related transactions.
Additional CARES Act HEERF Fund Allocations Now Available
Schools that missed out on initial allocations from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, or those seeking additional aid via FIPSE program HEERF funds, may now begin to apply for and receive those resources.
Higher Education Community Asks Senate for Further Student Support
In multiple letters to Senate leadership, NACUBO and other higher education associations have pushed Congress to enhance support for students in future COVID-19 relief legislation. One request asks that Congress make clear in future legislation that support measures for students, such as the emergency grant aid provided by the CARES Act, are to be available to all students, Title IV-eligible or otherwise. The second request asks that Congress use future legislation to extend the current halt on federal student loan payments, enacted by the CARES Act, until the economy has recovered from the pandemic.
Learn How NACUBO Advocacy Is Informed by Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
NACUBO recently released a statement
on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), which will guide the organization and provide resources for higher education administrators. The principles outlined in the statement inform numerous areas of our work including advocacy. You can read about some of NACUBO’s DEI related advocacy efforts
What Did I Miss in Washington? June 30-July 13, 2020