Administration’s Budget Includes Significant Cuts for Higher Education

The information below is culled from the most recent Michigan Community Colleges Association (MCCA) weekly report.  There are significant cuts to higher education, which could negatively impact community colleges (an understatement).

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Last Thursday, President Trump released his initial request for funding for fiscal year (FY) 2018. This ‘skinny budget’ provides some funding details and priorities of the Administration. The full budget is expected to be released in May. Ultimately, it will be up to Congressional appropriators to determine how to distribute funding for FY 2018. The Administration’s budget includes a 14% cut to the Department of Education and a 21% cut to the Department of Labor. Below is a summary of information provided in the skinny budget for higher education and workforce programs:

  • Current Pell Grant surplus is targeted with a $3.9 billion cut.
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) program is eliminated. SEOG provides aid to over 1.5 million students, a quarter of which are community college students.
  • TRIO (which includes Upward Bound) is cut by 10%, and GEAR UP is cut by 32%.
  • Budget includes unspecified but ‘significant’ cuts to Federal Work Study.
  • Funding for Title III (A) Strengthening Institutions is likely eliminated.
  • While the budget proposes $9 billion in cuts to education programs, not all of these cuts are specified. The budget notes there are 20 additional categorical programs that will be reduced or eliminated.
  • The budget includes over $2 billion in unspecified cuts to the Department of Labor, including a decrease in federal support for job-training grants, stating that states, localities, and employers should provide more funding.