MA Community Colleges See Critical Investments in FY2021 Budget

The Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges announced that all the organization’s priority investments were included in the FY2021 state budget finalized by lawmakers in recent weeks. With the Legislature voting to override many higher education-related vetoes, the investments in the state’s community college segment were officially included and will play a major role in supporting the institutions and students across the state.

Massachusetts higher education system receives $1.2 million in grant funding to make transformation toward racial justice and equity

Yves Salomon-Fernández and Christina Royal, the presidents of Greenfield and Holyoke community colleges, respectively, both said Thursday that the colleges have been asking Black students to share stories about their experiences and backgrounds as equity efforts continue.

“Our perception is that we need to bring everyone together. We need to acknowledge everyone’s experiences, approach this work with humility, and understand that we are all striving toward the same goal,” Salomon-Fernández said. “We will make mistakes but we will learn from those mistakes and support one another.”

CARES Act Funding Rule Enjoined in Massachusetts

A federal judge for the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts has enjoined a Department of Education rule that bars undocumented immigrant students and other noncitizen students not eligible for the federal Title IV financial aid program from accessing emergency grants authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.