Legislative Tracker: Student Aid Funding

Legislative Tracker Logo On this page, you'll find proposals for cuts or increases to the levels at which various student financial aid programs are funded through the federal budget process, outlined on NASFAA’s overview of the Federal Budget Process. In addition, proposals to modify the budget process and new sources of federal funding for higher education can be found on this page. 

For student aid funding proposals from the previous session of Congress, visit the Legislative Tracker Archive: Student Aid Funding

*NEW* America's College Promise Act
HR 3709 Sponsor:
Rep. Scott (D-VA) 
Co-Sponsors:
4 (0 R; 4 D)
Introduced:
9/7/2017 
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The America’s College Promise Act would provide free tuition at community colleges for a student’s first two years and a tuition reduction for low-income students in their first two years at minority-serving institutions. Under the bill, to be eligibile states would be required to put up 25% of the funds with other completion and outcomes requirements, while the federal government would contibute 75% of funds. 
 
FY 2018 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies
HR 3354 Sponsor:
Rep. Cole (R-OK)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
7/24/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The fiscal year (FY) 2018 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill (originally HR 3358), the bill that sets the funding levels for several large domestic government agencies, provides all funding for federal student aid programs for award year 2018-19. The bill would rescind $3.3 billion from the Pell Grant Program reserve. The bill calls for level funding for FSEOG and also for the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program. It also includes increases to programs such as TRIO and Gear Up – at $60 million and $10 million, respectively.
 Status: 9/14/2017: Passed House of Representatives 
 
FY 2018 Budget Resolution 
H.Con.Res. 71 Sponsor:
Rep. Black (R-TN)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
7/21/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget resolution provides a high-level overview of budget and funding priorities for FY 2018, which affects award year 2018-19.
 Status: 10/5/2017: Passed House of Representatives 
 
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017
HR 244 Sponsor:
Rep. Cook (R-CA)
Co-Sponsors:
28 (19 R; 9 D)
Introduced:
5/3/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill, the omnibus spending bill for federal fiscal year 2017, includes the restoration of the “year-round Pell Grant” and a cut to the Pell Grant program surplus. In addition, the spending bill provides level funding for the Federal Work Study (FWS) and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) programs. 
 Status: 5/5/2017: Signed into Law by President Trump
 
College for All Act
S. 806 Sponsor:
Sen. Sanders (I-VT)
Co-Sponsors:
7 (0 R; 7 D)
Introduced:
4/3/2017
HR 1880 Sponsor:
Rep. Pramila (D-WA) 
Co-Sponsors:
35 (0 R; 35 D)
Introduced:
4/4/2017 
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This comprehensive piece of legislation would create a grant program to states to eliminate tuition at public 4-year colleges and universities and tribal colleges for students from any family making $125,000 or less. The bill would cut interest rates and impose an interest rate cap of 5% for undergraduate borrowers and 8.25% for graduate and parent borrowers, while also allowing borrowers to refinance loans at the current interest rates. Any excess revenue in the Direct Loan Program would be redirected into to the Pell Grant Program. The bill would also increase Federal Work Study (FWS) authorized funding levels and revise the FWS allocation formula by eliminating the "base guarantee" component in the current formula. In addition, TRIO and GEAR UP would see increases to authorized funding levels. 
 
Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act
HR 1065 Sponsor:
Rep. Messer (R-IN)
Co-Sponsors:
59 (40 R; 19 D)
Introduced:
2/15/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would modify the federal budget and appropriations process by implementing a biennial process, meaning consideration of budget resolutions and appropriations bills would occur every two years. 
 
Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act
S. 306 Sponsor:
Sen. Isakson (R-GA)
Co-Sponsors:
16 (8 R; 8 D)
Introduced:
2/6/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would modify the federal budget and appropriations process by implementing a biennial process, meaning consideration of budget resolutions and appropriations bills would occur every two years. 

 

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Publication Date: 10/18/2017


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