Will colleges spend their COVID funds on mental health resources?

Will colleges spend their COVID funds on mental health resources?

Reported by Higher Ed Dive, the U.S. Department of Education has been encouraging colleges to use their federal COVID relief funds, some of which are specifically earmarked to be spent on directly assisting students, on mental health resourcing. Pointing to initiatives such as the University of Riverside’s 24/7 crisis support, Sinclair Community College’s hiring of a social worker and the University of Texas at San Antonio’s telehealth expansion, including all-day online counseling for in-need students.

The takeaway? Congress has earmarked $76 billion dollars across three bills for higher ed COVID relief thus far. Are we spending it well?

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.