The Trump administration today unveiled its “America First” budget, which would make deep cuts to some student aid programs and science agencies on which colleges, their students and their researchers depend.
In the U.S. Department of Education, the budget pledges level funding for Pell Grants, the primary federal program to support low-income students. It would also keep the funding for historically black colleges and other minority-serving institutions at current levels.
However, the budget plan says work-study would be cut “significantly.” The administration is even calling for the elimination of the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, which go to low-income college students. In addition, the administration wants to eliminate GEAR-UP and reduce funding for TRIO programs, which prepare disadvantaged students for college and help them succeed once enrolled.
As expected, the science budget seeks cuts across several agencies that support research on climate change and the environment.
The budget also proposes to cut funding for the National Institutes of Health by nearly 20 percent, to 25.9 billion. The NIH is the largest federal supporter of research and development, and its grants support research at universities nationwide.
The current congressional leadership and President Trump have vowed to push large increases in military spending, build a wall on the borer of Mexico and resist tax increase. An agenda like this requires large cuts in many domestic programs.