February 10, 2020
Today the Trump Administration released the President’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget request to Congress. Overall, this budget slashes funding for U.S. Department of Education programs by $5.6 billion or 8%.
As in past years, the Department of Education’s plan would consolidate TRIO into a single, state block grant program and slash overall funding for the programs by 13% or $140 million. (To place this in perspective, this cut is equal to all TRIO funding across the states of California and Oregon.) However, unlike past years, this proposal would put an additional squeeze on funds available for TRIO by consolidating TRIO with GEAR UP and CAMP (College Access Migrant Program), which are currently funded at $365 million and $45.6 million, respectively.
We need your help to fight back! Although the President proposes the budget, Congress maintains the “power of the purse” to set federal spending levels each year. The most effective way to stop these cuts is to meet with your Members of Congress face to face and let them know precisely how TRIO has impacted students and families in your community.
Act now! Plan to attend COE’s 2020 Policy Seminar, happening March 22-25, 2020, in Washington, D.C.! During this keystone event, college access and success professionals, alumni, and other supporters will learn key tactics to defend TRIO and have a chance to engage with legislators directly on Capitol Hill. COE will provide expert training and talking points to guide you in sharing just how TRIO works and why Congress should preserve TRIO and increase funding, not cut it.
Through consistent and concerted advocacy, we will defeat this threat.