The House of Representatives begins debate today on legislation (H.R. 1) to fund the federal government for the remainder of FY 2011. The bill would cut more than $100 billion from domestic programs—including student aid—and the higher education community in Washington is uniformly opposing it.
H.R. 1 would slash funding to the Pell Grant Program, causing the maximum grant to drop by $845 to $4,705. Funding for Minority-Serving Institutions and Historically Black College and Universities would be cut back substantially. The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) and Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) programs would be eliminated entirely.
On the research front, nearly $900 million would be cut from the 2010 budget level for the Energy Department's Office of Science, about $350 million from the National Science Foundation and $1.6 billion from the National Institutes of Health.
As co-chairs of the Student Aid Alliance, Molly Corbett Broad, president of ACE, and David Warren, president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, sent a letter to the House yesterday urging members to oppose the measure.
Debate on H.R. 1 is expected to run through Thursday.
House Republicans' Spending Bill for Remainder of 2011 Would Cut Pell Grant by 15 Percent
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Feb. 13, 2011)
Inside Higher Ed (Feb. 14, 2011)