February 12, 2018
On February 12, 2018, the White House released the Trump Administration's Fiscal Year 2019 budget request to Congress. The Administration proposes an overall cut of $7.1 billion or 10.5% in funding to the U.S. Department of Education. Included within that cut is a proposal to consolidate TRIO and GEAR UP into a single state formula grant program to support evidence-based postsecondary preparation programs.
While there are some inconsistencies in the budget materials posted by the Department (.pdf), it appears to include:
This notion of transitioning to a state-based formula grant program is reiterated in the budget addendum (.pdf) and budget justification (.pdf), which provides far greater detail into the Department's plan.
While much of this information cannot be reconciled at the present time, one thing is clear — we must engage all who support college access and success to be vocal in opposition to this very real threat. We must make sure that the voices of low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities are heard in our local communities and on Capitol Hill.
Our Policy Seminar is taking place in about a month in D.C. We need your presence here. Now more than ever.