As we close out an otherwise difficult and challenging year, we have good news to share with you: last night the U.S. Congress passed a new stimulus package and recognized our students by including $908 million in newly available emergency student grant aid for students attending institutions like cosmetology schools. School allocations of that funding are to be made available to schools within 30 days. We are extremely pleased that Congress acted in a bipartisan manner to support out students at this difficult time.
You spoke through several channels including our #Don’tCutUsOut campaign and our federal lawmakers listened. We appreciate all of you and your efforts. We were able to effectively vocalize the needs of our students across the nation through your phone2action activity, your grassroots activity, phone calls, videos, social media posts, emails, and letters to members of congress. AACS member schools generated almost 3,000 messages to Congress this year and most of those were specific to the impact of COVID-19 on our schools and this stimulus package.
The stimulus package contains other changes of significance including:
On behalf of everyone represented by AACS, thank you for your investment in doing what is right for our students! We wish you a happy, safe and successful new year!
For more information on the legislative text and summaries, please click on the following links: