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March 2017
Volume 15 Issue 3

U.S. Federal Relations News March 2017

Trump Administration Budget Blueprint Includes Significant Funding Cuts for Higher Education

 

Trump Administration Budget Blueprint Includes Significant Funding Cuts for Higher Education

President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget blueprint proposes significant cuts to agencies and programs critical to colleges and universities, including the Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health.

The blueprint, entitled America First, A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, outlines the Trump administration's spending priorities for the fiscal year 2018 federal budget. The blueprint includes deep cuts to programs affecting higher education, including:

• $9 billion reduction (13 percent) in funding for the U.S. Department of Education
• $5.8 billion cut to the budget for the National Institutes for Health
• Elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities
• Diversion of roughly $4 billion from the Pell Grant surplus for other priorities.

The budget blueprint does not address the Administration's view on tax policy, the charitable deduction or endowments. Tax issues will be included in the president's full budget plan due out later this spring.

While the blueprint sets out President Trump's priorities, Congress will ultimately shape the final FY18 budget. The final budget is likely to differ from the administration's preferred plan, says Brian Flahaven, senior director of advocacy for CASE.