The president went on to say that the department will continue to look at other ways to help students nationwide. Many schools had already announced they wouldn't return until April 20 at the earliest, before the state's order.
On Friday, the Michigan Department of Education issued a a memo on Friday saying that online schooling happening during the COVID-19 outbreak won't count toward the annual hourly requirements for students.
"These are anxious times, particularly for students and families whose educations, careers, and lives have been disrupted", said Secretary DeVos in a statement.
The news comes days after education leaders urged DeVos to waive statewide student assessments. These tests typically take place in the spring. "They've been through a lot, ...back and forth (with) schools open, schools not open".
The forbearance period for federal borrowers will last for "at least 60 days" and retroactively begin on March 13, 2020.
Trump's directive also requires borrowers to make payments if they want to keep making progress in federal loan forgiveness programs.
"Right now, everyone should be focused on staying safe and healthy, not worrying about their student loan balance growing", said a statement from DeVos, who added that any borrower who has experienced an income change can contact their loan servicer to discuss lowering their monthly payment. Some Democrats have said borrowers should get credit toward that goal even if payments are suspended because of the virus. I think probably a lot of the students will be extremely happy, some probably not.