Thursday, July 27, 2017

House grapples with higher ed budget, departs from President Trump - Pat Donachie, Education Dive

The proposed budget bill for the upcoming fiscal year making its way through the House includes far less drastic cuts to higher education than were proposed by President Donald Trump’s budget, according to the Washington Post. However, there were still some proposed cuts and elimination of programs. The proposed budget includes a plan to pull $3.3 billion from Pell grant program reserves, but keeps funding steady for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. It also maintains funding for federal work-study programs, instead of cutting them in half as proposed by the president. Trump also sought cuts for the TRIO and Gear Up programs, but the House budget allocates millions more. Some programs faced elimination, including the Child Care Access Means Parents in School, which funds day care centers on campuses for low-income student parents. The budget would also eliminate the $7 million Fulbright-Hays program, which funds scholars’ international dissertation research, according to Inside Higher Ed.

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