President Trump's FY 2018 budget proposes to make cruel and devastating cuts to programs that support children, families, and individuals of modest means, slash investments in America’s future, and destabilize state and local budgets—which would in turn precipitate a next round of deep cuts to basic services.
On July 13, 2016, Representative Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced HR 5764, a bipartisan bill that would exclude all federal Pell Grant funds from taxable income. Under current law, when students spend their Pell Grants on indirect costs to education—such as transportation, food, or housing—these funds are counted as taxable income, while Pell funds used for direct costs like tuition, fees, and books are not. CLASP supports eliminating the discrepancy between direct and indirect costs to ensure low-income students fully benefit from Pell Grants without affecting their eligibility for other needed supports such as refundable tax credits, housing assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Medicaid.
The U.S. Department of Education selected 67 colleges and universities to serve as partners for the Second Chance Pell Program. These pilot partnerships, which include both two- and four-year schools, will enroll nearly 12,000 incarcerated students from more than 141 federal and state correctional institutions.
As the Senate moves forward with its 302(b) allocations, House appropriators continue to deliberate on theirs. The lag means that the House of Representatives may still take up the Budget Committee’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget resolution.
The Pathways to an Affordable Education Act, introduced by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), would amend the federal Higher Education Act (HEA) to increase financial aid funding and access, helping today’s non-traditional students—particularly those who are low-income—earn the postsecondary credentials that are a crucial pathway out of poverty.