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How to Submit Public Comments to the U.S. Department of Education

One way to voice your opinion and expertise is to provide public comment on proposed U.S. Department of Education rules and their impacts on education.

Tell the Department of Education about the dangers of excluding students from receiving CARES Act relief

The Department of Education rule, “Eligibility of Students at Institutions of Higher Education for Funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act” excludes undocumented students, including those with DACA, access to CARES Act relief funds. To provide your comments, go to the Department’s comment page for this rule. Here, you can either copy and paste your comments into the provided space or upload a file into the comment web form.

See a sample letter as a guide.

See IDRA’s letter.

The last day to submit comments is July 17, 2020.

Agency reviewers look for sound science and reasoning in the comments they receive. Here are some dos and don’ts when submitting comments.

Do…

  • Make your comments unique.
  • Include how this rule will personally impact you and/or your community.
  • Be direct.
  • Address trade-offs and opposing views in your comments.
  • Include data on the qualitative and quantitative effects the rule may have, if available.
  • When possible, support your comment with substantive data, facts and/or expert opinions.

Don’t…

  • Make unsupported accusations.
  • Include vulgar or abusive language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target specific ethnic or racial groups.
  • Promote services or products (non-commercial links that are relevant to the comment are acceptable).
  • Include off-topic information or spam messages.

If you have questions on submitting comments, please reach out to Ana Ramón, IDRA Deputy Director of Advocacy, at ana.ramon@idra.org.

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