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Harvard University announced in a statement Wednesday that it will no longer “seek or accept” aid from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, one day after President Trump demanded the Ivy League school return federal relief cash.
The prestigious university had received nearly $9 million in federal funds through one of the government’s relief programs doled out through the Department of Education, but the allocation drew backlash from Trump.
The president on Tuesday claimed the university was receiving money through the Paycheck Protection Program, which is intended to help struggling small businesses. Harvard has denied ever applying for or receiving any funds through PPP, and has clarified that the type of funding it received was given to most other U.S. colleges and universities, to be used for direct financial assistance to