Monday, May 1, 2017

Trump budget proposal does not increase HBCU funding - Jasmine Saunders, Delaware State Hornet

President Donald Trump released his 2018 budget blueprint a few weeks ago, and he has not proposed an increase in the funding allocated for HBCUs, currently at $492 million. This comes after Trump’s invitation for HBCU presidents, including DSU’s Dr. Harry L. Williams, to visit the White House for a closed-door meeting to talk about their concerns for the future of the institutions back in March. Even before that, Trump had signed an executive order that would “promote excellence and innovation” for these institutions. In the blueprint, the Pell Grant has not decreased; he plans to “safeguard” the program by cancelling the leftover funds that are not used to be incorporated in other ways, of which are unclear. The plan does however, reduce Federal Work-Study, and it eliminates the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program, the latter which is used for students who have exceptional financial need.

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