Arlington, VA (Feb. 12, 2018) — President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2019 budget withdraws needed support for education and other critical programs that help ensure our nation’s students are ready to succeed in tomorrow’s economy, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), which today announced its opposition to the proposal.
Overall, the president’s budget cuts funding for the Department of Education by 10.5 percent and abolishes several critical programs that help make college more affordable.
Programs tagged for elimination include:
- GEAR Up, a grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, which help low-income undergraduate students finance the costs of postsecondary education.
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which provides debt relief for school counselors, college admission professionals, and others who work for nonprofit or government organizations.
In addition, the proposal effectively cuts the federal work-study program by nearly $500 million and converts TRIO’s funding to a block grant. TRIO consists of eight programs designed to help low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities achieve their full academic potential.
“Our nation’s students are dramatically shortchanged in this proposal,” said Michael Rose, NACAC’s director of government relations. “NACAC calls on Congress to reject this spending blueprint and adequately invest in our students.”
He said Trump’s budget proposal is also troublesome because it fails to protect students and taxpayers from unscrupulous colleges that put profits before students by calling for Congress to “reduce regulatory burdens” in higher education.
“When it comes to education at all levels, the president’s budget makes all the wrong choices,” Rose said. “At a time when a postsecondary credential is critical to succeeding in today’s economy, this budget would make college less affordable.”
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the association's Statement of Principles of Good Practice: NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.
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