Higher Education

Student Debt Relief During Coronavirus Outbreak

Mar 26, 2020
Students gather around a laptop computer in an Ohio State University classroom.
Ohio State University

More than 40 million federal student loan borrowers would see extended relief under the $2 trillion economic relief package in Congress this week.

Borrowers who have defaulted on their federal student loans will get a temporary reprieve from having their wages, Social Security benefits and tax refunds garnished by the federal government, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced on Wednesday. This break will last for a minimum of 60 days, beginning March 13.

Young People And Coronavirus

Mar 23, 2020
 Visitors enjoy Clearwater Beach, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Clearwater Beach, Fla. Beach goers are keeping a safe distance from each other to help protect from the spread of the Coronavirus.
Chris O'Meara / AP

Hundreds of thousands of college students are being told to leave their dorms amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

This means moving back in with Mom and Dad, being isolated from their friends and losing the freedom they’ve grown used to.

Some young people who are unhappy with government recommendations of social distancing are ignoring them and gathering in large groups as they did before.

The Ohio State University

At the top of the list for colleges and universities nationwide is keeping students safe and healthy in the midst of the coronavirus, but many parents are wondering if having their kids sent home will mean a refund for room and board.

Ohio State University seal on The Oval
Ohio State University

Ohio State University is extending online courses in place of face-to-face classes for the rest of the semester, adding a week to its spring break and sending students home.

Columbus State President David Harrison in the school's transfer center.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Columbus State Community College has a growing slate of deferred maintenance required for old buildings, and a wishlist of new facilities to build. For the first time, the school is asking voters to borrow money to help pay for capital needs around campus.

Risman Plaza on the campus of Kent State University.
Kent State University

Kent State University and the University of Akron have announced starting Tuesday afternoon, all in-person classes will be moved online to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a disease caused by the coronavirus. 

Miami University, the University of Toledo, the University of Akron, University of Cincinnati and other colleges around the state have similarly suspended face-to-face classes.

Updated: March 18, 12:30 p.m.

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the Tri-State, many local universities started out canceling in-person classes. Now, at least one is postponing its graduation ceremony. 

Cartier Pitts and Michael Gomori worry about online classes after Ohio State suspends all in-person classes for the month of March.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Right now is Ohio State’s spring break, so campus is mostly deserted. It may stay that way, too, as it’s unclear how many students will return after the announcement that all classes will be online-only until March 30.

Gov. Mike DeWine at his daily coronavirus press conference on Sunday, March 23, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

WOSU is providing updates about the coronavirus and COVID-19 in Ohio. 

This is an archived post. You can read the latest updates here.

Aerial view of The Oval on Ohio State University's campus
Ohio State University

Ohio State University has suspended all in-person classes through at least March 30 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, and put a stop to all university-sponsored international travel.

Columbus State's Bond Issue

Mar 5, 2020
The campus of Columbus State Community College.
Columbus State Community College / Facebook

Franklin County voters on March 17 will decide the fate of a $300 million bond issue for Columbus State Community College.

Updated at 9:44 a.m. EST.

The U.S. Department of Education must act to help thousands of student loan borrowers who have severe disabilities; that's the message of two letters sent Tuesday to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Because of their disabilities, these borrowers qualify to have their federal student loans erased. But one letter, signed by more than 30 advocacy groups, says the department has made the application process so burdensome that most borrowers never get the help they're entitled to.

 This June 12, 2006 file photo shows a gate with a historic marker on the Ohio University campus in Athens, Ohio. In October 2019, the university announced the blanket suspension of 15 fraternities in response to a hazing investigation on campus.
Joe Maiorana / Associated Press

Three former fraternity members have pleaded guilty on charges related to the hazing death of Ohio University student Collin Wiant.

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