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  • Higher Education Act

    June 4, 2015

    Senate HELP Hearing on College Affordability Focuses on Declines in State Funding

    A Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on ensuring college affordability focused on the continuing pattern of state disinvestment in higher education and the direct impact it has on college costs, student debt loads...

  • Budget and Appropriations

    May 6, 2015

    Congress Passes FY 2016 Budget Resolution

    The plan cuts more than $5 trillion in spending from nearly all federal government agencies over the next decade, including $496 billion from the overall pool of funds for student aid, scientific research and institutional support.

  • Budget and Appropriations

    March 23, 2015

    Congress Begins Work on FY 2016 Budget

    ​Congress took the first major step toward a FY 2016 budget last week with the passage of budget resolutions in the House and the Senate, both of which propose to greatly restrict available funding for student aid and research.

  • Budget and Appropriations

    February 3, 2015

    President’s Proposed FY 2016 Budget Focuses on Higher Education

    ​President Obama's budget request for FY 2016 calls for increasing federal spending on many higher education programs, including his proposal for two free years of community college nationwide.

  • Budget and Appropriations

    December 15, 2014

    Higher Education Funding Remains Flat in FY 2015 Spending Bill

    Higher education funding remains mostly flat under the $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds most federal agencies through the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, 2015.

  • Budget and Appropriations

    December 3, 2014

    Amid Uncertainty on Federal Spending Bill, a Potential Problem for Pell Grants

    ​As congressional leaders continue to debate funding the federal government for the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year, reports have circulated of a proposal in the Senate to cut $2 billion in Pell Grant funding.

  • Budget and Appropriations

    April 30, 2014

    Coalition Urges Congress to Close the Innovation Deficit

    Research and development spending in the United States has remained essentially flat over the past decade, while China and South Korea have boosted their investment 90 and 50 percent, respectively.

  • Budget and Appropriations

    April 2, 2014

    House GOP Budget Proposes Freezing Maximum Pell Grant, Cutting $5.1 Trillion in Federal Spending Over 10 Years

    The House Republicans budget proposal for FY 2015 would freeze the maximum Pell Grant award for 10 years and roll back other recent expansions of that program.

  • Budget and Appropriations

    March 5, 2014

    President Releases FY 2015 Budget Proposal

    President Obama's budget request for FY 2015 calls for new money to provide bonuses to colleges that bolster graduation rates for Pell Grant recipients and help support the development of the administration’s proposed college rating system.

  • Budget and Appropriations

    February 27, 2014

    Video Urges Congress to Close the Innovation Deficit

    A coalition of 14 business, higher education, and scientific organizations has launched a video that urges Congress to “Close the Innovation Deficit” with strong federal investments in research and higher education.