Legislative Tracker Archive: Student Aid Funding

Legislative TrackerOn 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.

 

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015
HR 1314 Sponsor:
Rep. Meehan (R-PA, 7)
Co-Sponsors:
2 (2 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
3/4/2015
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bipartisan budget deal would raise the overall budget caps imposed by the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011. The BCA automatically cuts from both defense and domestic funding until 2021, a process known as “sequestration.” The budget deal would raise the sequestration-level budget caps for two years. The budget agreement also includes several non-budgetary policy items. Most relevant to the student aid community, the bill amends the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to allow loan servicers to use automated telephone equipment to call cellular phones for the purpose of collecting debts.
Status: 11/2/2015: Signed into law by President Obama

 

FY 2016 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies
S. 1695 Sponsor:
Sen. Blunt (R-MO)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
6/25/2015
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The FY2016 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill, the bill that sets the funding levels for several large domestic government agencies, provides all funding for federal student aid programs. The Senate bill included substantial cuts to both Federal Work Study (FWS) and SEOG.
Status: 6/25/2015: Passed out of Committee

 

FY 2016 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies
HR 3020 Sponsor:
Rep. Cole (R-OK, 4)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
7/10/2015
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: Unlike the Senate’s appropriations measure, the House bill flat-funded both FWS and SEOG, but cut $70 million more from the Pell surplus.
Status: 7/10/2015: Passed out of Committee

 

Consolidated Appropriations Act, FY 2016
HR 2029 Sponsor:
Rep. Dent (R-PA, 15)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
12/16/2015
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: In a $1.1 trillion agreement, most student aid programs are flat-funded for FY16, which will affect award year 16-17. The package includes increases for the TRIO programs and GEAR UP. Though few programs see increases, some of the devastating cuts scattered across both the House and Senate bills have been remedied.
Status: 12/18/2015: Signed into law by President Obama

 

FY 2017 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
S. 3040 Sponsor:
Sen. Blunt (R-MO)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
6/9/2016
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The FY2017 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill, the bill that sets the funding levels for several large domestic government agencies, provides all funding for federal student aid programs. The Senate bill included flat-funding for Federal Work Study (FWS) and SEOG. Importantly, the bill cuts $1.2 billion from the Pell Grant surplus and restores year-round Pell without some of the provisions that caused implementation challenges in the last iteration. 
Status: 6/9/2016: Passed out of Committee

 

FY 2017 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
HR 5926 Sponsor:
Rep. Cole (R-OK, 4)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
7/22/2016
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The FY2017 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill, the bill that sets the funding levels for several large domestic government agencies, provides all funding for federal student aid programs. The bill includes a $1.3 billion funding cut for the Pell Grant Program. Unlike the Senate bill, the House bill does not restore the year-round Pell Grant. The bill projects the Pell Grant maximum award at $5,935 for award year 2017-18. The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and Federal Work Study (FWS) would receive level-funding under this bill.
Status: 7/22/2016: Passed out of Committee

 

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