Budget and Appropriations

The Issue

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The federal government supports the work of colleges and universities by funding programs for student financial aid, scientific research, institutional support, and other activities. ACE monitors the annual federal budget and appropriations process from start to finish, with a particular focus on how the decisions made may impact student aid. Throughout the process, ACE Government Relations staff members meet with congressional staff, advocate for appropriate funding, analyze policy, and review and advise on legislation.

Our Work
Letter to the House in Support of the FUTURE Act
Letter to the House in Support of the FUTURE Act
Letter to House leaders in support of the Senate verison of the FUTURE Act, which adds FAFSA simplification and other provisions to the restoration of the funding stream for minority serving institutions.
Senate Approves Compromise Measure to Extend MSI Funding, Simplify FAFSA
Senate Approves Compromise Measure to Extend MSI Funding, Simplify FAFSA
The Senate has approved an amendment to the FUTURE Act that would permanently restore $255 million in funding for minority serving institutions and streamline the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Letter to Congress Requesting Support for Student Aid in FY 2020 Spending Bill
Letter to Congress Requesting Support for Student Aid in FY 2020 Spending Bill
Letter from the Student Aid Alliance to Congressional appropriations leaders requesting that federal student aid programs are prioritized as they resolve the FY 2020 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill.
Letter to Senate on Amendment to the FUTURE Act
Letter to Senate on Amendment to the FUTURE Act
Letter sent to Sens. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer expressing strong support for an amendment to the House-passed FUTURE Act that streamlines FAFSA and the application for income-based stident loan repayment.
Student Aid Alliance Letter on Funding Student Aid Programs in FY 2020
Student Aid Alliance Letter on Funding Student Aid Programs in FY 2020
Letter from the Student Aid Alliance to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, asking that budget caps for FY 2020 and FY 2021 be increased to avoid cuts to nondefense discretionary spending.
ACE, Higher Education Groups Call on House to Extend Funding for STEM Programs at HBCUs, Other MSIs
ACE, Higher Education Groups Call on House to Extend Funding for STEM Programs at HBCUs, Other MSIs
ACE and 43 other higher education groups sent a letter to House leaders in support of a measure to extend funding for STEM programs at colleges and universities serving predominantly minority student populations.
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Importance of Passing the FUTURE Act
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Importance of Passing the FUTURE Act
It is vital for members of the House of Representatives to swiftly approve the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act.
ACE Calls on Alaska Legislature to Override Higher Education Cuts
ACE Calls on Alaska Legislature to Override Higher Education Cuts
ACE President Ted Mitchell has urged the Alaska State Legislature to override the governor’s budget veto and change course on the proposed draconian cut to the state’s public higher education system.
Senate Defense Bill Targets Security and Foreign Influence at Colleges and Universities
Senate Defense Bill Targets Security and Foreign Influence at Colleges and Universities
Congressional members from both parties have expressed heightened concern in recent months over security and foreign influence at higher education institutions, specifically around China.
House Approves Spending Package That Includes Substantial Increases for Student Aid, Research
House Approves Spending Package That Includes Substantial Increases for Student Aid, Research
The House has passed a $982.8 billion minibus spending package that appropriates funding for four separate FY 2020 spending bills, including the one for Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education.
Letter to House Leaders in Support of FY 2020 Minibus Appropriations Bill
Letter to House Leaders in Support of FY 2020 Minibus Appropriations Bill
Letter from ACE President Ted Mitchell offering strong support for the minibus bill that funds Labor-HHS-Education for FY 2020.
House Spending Bill Boosts Funding for Federal Student Aid Research
House Spending Bill Boosts Funding for Federal Student Aid Research
Funding levels match requests made by the higher education community.
Student Aid Alliance Letter on Funding Student Aid Programs in FY 2020
Student Aid Alliance Letter on Funding Student Aid Programs in FY 2020
Letter from the Student Aid Alliance to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, asking that budget caps for FY 2020 and FY 2021 be increased to avoid cuts to nondefense discretionary spending.
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on President Trump’s Proposed FY 2020 Budget
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on President Trump’s Proposed FY 2020 Budget
ACE President Ted Mitchell released a statement on the White House's proposed FY 2020 budget urging Congress to reject cuts and continue trend of increasing funding for student aid and biomedical research.
White House Proposes Significant Cuts to Education Programs for FY 2020
White House Proposes Significant Cuts to Education Programs for FY 2020
President Trump today delivered his first budget request under a divided government, and the proposed cuts to higher education are expected to face strong resistance in Congress.
As Government Shutdown Continues Broad Outline of Higher Education Policy Agenda for 2019 Emerges
As Government Shutdown Continues Broad Outline of Higher Education Policy Agenda for 2019 Emerges
If and when the impasse comes to an end, a full agenda for higher education awaits both Congress and the administration.