It's been especially important to low-income families and families of color.
The American Rescue Plan earmarked about $77 billion in higher education relief, with a significant chunk dedicated to helping students with costs outside tuition, including housing, food and clothes.
Early studies find that the enhanced credit reduced childhood poverty and food insufficiency.
School districts have until September 2024 to spend the money. In a letter to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, they say they need more time.
Summer school, tutoring and HVAC replacement are emerging as big areas of spending, says Nic Querolo, of Bloomberg.
The American Rescue Plan earmarked $20 billion for tribal governments. But the allocation formula favored a handful of tribes.
Expanded child tax payments have helped families — especially Black and Latinx households — struggling with food insecurity.
Starting July 15, most parents will get monthly payments for half of the tax credit instead of a lump sum at tax time.
The American Rescue Plan provides $20 billion in aid, but problems with the previous CARES Act rollout have made tribes vigilant.
Under the American Rescue Plan, eligible families could receive a monthly payment for each child under 18.