President Trump’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released: America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again. The Budget Blueprint provides an overview of the President’s budget priorities for fiscal year 2018.
With respect to education, the Budget Blueprint proposes $59 billion in funding for the U.S. Department of Education (ED). This would represent, a $9 billion (or 13%) reduction from the current funding level.
Some of more specific proposals in the President’s Budget Blueprint that would impact colleges and universities include the following:
- Eliminating the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program;
- Reducing the Federal Work-Study program significantly;
- Maintaining level funding for Pell Grants;
- Cancelling $3.9 billion in unobligated carryover funding in the Pell Grant Program; and
- Maintaining $492 million in funding to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions.
The Budget Blueprint suggests that the Trump Administration’s focus is on “streamlining and simplifying funding for college, while continuing to help make college education more affordable.” The reasons provided for the proposed budget reductions are related to lowering costs to taxpayers, reducing funding for “ineffective” programs, and eliminating programs that purportedly do not serve the education needs of the United States.
In response to the Budget Blueprint, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan issued a statement briefly addressing how the federal government’s focus will be on reducing its own size, growing the economy, and ensuring our military has the tools necessary to complete its missions.