Senate Labor-HHS Spending Bill for FY 2018 Would Increase the Maximum Pell Grant Award September 11, 2017 Section 1 ContentThe Senate Appropriations Committee last week voted 29-2 to approve the FY 2018 spending bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies, which includes a $100 increase in the maximum Pell Grant award and substantial new funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Overall, the legislation would provide $68.3 billion for the Department of Education, a slight increase of $29 million over the current level for FY 2017, which ends on Sept. 30. In contrast, the House proposal would provide $66 billion for the agency, down $2.4 billion from the current budget. Both bills are more than the Trump administration requested: The president wanted a $9.2 billion cut in overall spending, down to $59 billion.The Senate bill would increase the maximum Pell Grant award from $5,920 to $6,020. This increase is significant because a provision that annually increased Pell Grants by inflation expired last fiscal year, and without the increase provided in the Senate bill, the maximum award will stay flat for the first time in years. ACE joined 72 organizations in a letter (58 KB PDF) Sept. 5 urging Senate appropriators to provide a discretionary increase for Pell Grants and to reject any further cuts to the program.The Senate bill also includes small increases for other student aid programs, including $953 million for TRIO, a $3 million hike over current funding, and provides level funding for Federal Work-Study and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants. On the research front, the bill would increase spending for NIH by $2 billion, an area ACE and the higher education community fully support. With a three-month temporary spending bill now in place covering the first months of the upcoming fiscal year, Congress continues to move slowly ahead with plans to pass regular spending bills for FY 2018. Before the August recess, the House passed a measure tying together four of the 12 spending bills needed to fund all federal agencies, and this week passed a separate measure to fund the other eight. Section 2 Content Section 3 Content Section 4 Content Section 5 Content Section 6 Content Button ContentRelated Content Letter to the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee on Pell Grants (58 KB PDF)Sept. 5, 2017 House Approves Budget Resolution, Continues Work on FY 2018 Spending BillsJuly 21, 2017 ACE Urges Support for National Institutes of Health as HHS Secretary Defends Administration’s FY 2018 BudgetJune 14, 2017 Letter to Congressional Budget and Appropriations Leaders on Priorities for FY 2018 (291 KB PDF)June 7, 2017 Trump Budget Slashes Higher Education Along With Other Domestic ProgramsMay 24, 2017 Rail Content 1 Rail Content 2 Rail Content 3 Related Podcast December 21, 2022 Hosts Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer are joined by ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle to discuss the federal policy developments in 2022 that impacted students and higher education institutions. 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