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A key factor in our students’ success is our community’s ability to advocate successfully. Get the latest news, resources, and helpful information to assist TRIO supporters in advocating for college access and success.

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Owen Toomey

House Appropriations Committee Threatens Harsh Cuts to LHHS Funding

The House Appropriations Committee proposed FY25 budget adheres to statutory caps, leading to a 6% across-the-board cut and an 11% reduction in funding for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, with advocacy needed to prevent cuts to TRIO programs.
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Owen Toomey

Congress Averts Shutdown, Levels Funding for TRIO and GEAR UP Programs in FY24

Because the Fiscal Responsibility Act, also known as the debt limit deal, capped federal spending at FY23 levels, the Federal TRIO Programs received level funding at $1.191 billion. Similarly, GEAR UP received level funding at $388 million. When combined with mandatory funding, the agreement continues to support a total maximum Pell Grant award of $7,395 for the 2024-2025 award year. Congress continued funding the Federal Work-Study program at $1.2 billion and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program (SEOG) at $910 million.
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Kimberly Jones

President Biden Releases FY25 Budget Request to Congress

President Biden’s FY25 budget request emphasizes minimal increases due to budget constraints but includes a $20 million raise for the Federal TRIO Programs, urging Congress for adjustments to benefit low-income students. Advocacy efforts aim for a $68 million increase for TRIO, addressing inflation and expanding support for first-generation, low-income students during the Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C.
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Kimberly Jones

Congress Marches Towards Spring Finale for FY24 Appropriations

Congress passed a third Continuing Resolution in mid-January, extending government funding into March with staggered deadlines of March 1 and March 8. Despite initial reluctance from Speaker Mike Johnson, the short-term CR was necessary to allow time for developing bills at the new FY24 spending level agreed upon by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Johnson. Negotiations for top-line spending levels are ongoing, with the House adding voting days in February to pass FY24 spending bills before early March deadlines, though attaching conservative policy riders remains contentious.
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Kimberly Jones

FY24 Funding Fight Paused Until Early 2024

President Biden signed the Further Continuing Appropriations and Extensions Act of 2024, averting a government shutdown on November 17 and maintaining federal funding at FY’23 levels. The legislation, incorporating a two-tiered structure proposed by House Speaker Mike Johnson, extends funding for four appropriations bills until January 19, 2024, with the remaining eight bills, including the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (LHHS), set to expire on February 2, 2024, in an effort to avoid a year-end omnibus package.
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Diane Shust

House Elects U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (LA-4) as Speaker, Promise to Move FY24 Appropriations Bills Quickly Follows

The House elected Rep. Mike Johnson as the new Speaker, replacing former Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy. Johnson has outlined an ambitious schedule for considering pending funding bills, including the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill that funds TRIO programs, during the week of November 13.
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Diane Shust

FY24 Appropriations Process Stunted; Shutdown on the Horizon

Because TRIO is ‘forward-funded,’ current program operations are funded by last year’s appropriations bill. In other words, Program Year 2023-2024 is funded by the FY2023 bill passed last year. Therefore, if there is a temporary government ‘shut down,’ it will have no impact on your ability to use your funding.
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Maureen Hoyler

House Subcommittee Level Funds TRIO in Bill That Cuts Overall FY24 Funding by 28%

COE celebrates a significant win as the Federal TRIO Programs receive level funding in the FY 2024 Appropriations bill despite a 28% cut in Department of Education funding. This achievement is attributed to your advocacy, and further steps involving both the House and Senate are required before finalizing the TRIO number.
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