White House Would Slash Student Aid and NSF
"The White House's 2018 budget for education -- expected to be released next week as part of the administration's full spending proposals -- appears to double down on the eye-popping cuts to programs included in the Trump administration's 'skinny budget' released in March," Inside Higher Ed reports
"When the White House proposed reductions in spending midyear, that was a nonstarter for congressional appropriators, said Justin Draeger, president and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. He said he's less confident about the next funding cycle.
'I have a hard time believing lawmakers could pick all of these cuts up,' Draeger said. 'But it sort of sets the playing field. It provides a menu for potential cuts for Congress if they’re so inclined.' ...
Draeger of NASFAA said that could mean some additional piecemeal policy changes like year-round Pell Grants happen through the budget process. But more often, policy making through appropriations means additional cuts, he said.
'The question will be. if the administration's top priority isn't a comprehensive higher education policy, but rather constraining federal spending on nondefense discretionary, what is the congressional priority?' he said. 'Those two ideologies will come to a head at some point.'"
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Publication Date: 5/19/2017