Rush Introduces Legislation to Provide Direct Stimulus Payments to Low-Income Students Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Jun 29, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Last week, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced the Student Recovery Eligibility for Low-Income Individuals to Exact Funds (RELIEF) Act of 2020, which provides low-income students with direct stimulus payments that were previously unavailable to them under the CARES Act.

“Colleges and universities across the country have shuttered to limit the spread of COVID-19.  While these closures have protected students from illness, they have also forced many students to return home to families who simply cannot afford the unexpected financial burden of suddenly having one, two, or even three additional mouths to feed,” said Rep. Rush.

“Unimaginably, many of these students were ineligible to receive a direct financial assistance payment through the CARES Act, which would have provided them and their families with much needed relief during this crisis. The Student RELIEF Act seeks to alleviate the economic hardships of our nation’s most vulnerable families by making Pell Grant students and their families eligible for the $1,200 direct stimulus payments they did not received the first time around.

“It is critical that we ensure the vitality of these vulnerable students and their families, especially during these unprecedented times.”

The CARES Act established direct stimulus payments to offset the economic impacts of the coronavirus, however, low-income college students claimed as dependents, and their families, were ineligible for a $1,200 stimulus payment or a $500 child bonus. The Student RELIEF Act would amend Section 6428 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide Pell Grantees with a $1,200 direct stimulus payment.

The original cosponsors of the legislation include:

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)

Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.)

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.)

Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.)

Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-N.Y.)

Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas)