Arlington, VA (Dec 19, 2019) – The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) expressed its support today for the fiscal year 2020 Minibus Appropriations bill, which will provide funding through the remainder of the fiscal year for the Department of Education and other federal agencies.
The bill, which should be signed into law by President Trump, would increase funding for the Education Department by $1.5 billion and raise the maximum Pell Grant by $150. Funding for Student Support and Academic Enrichment State Grants, which support high school counselors and other student-focused programs, would increase by $40 million. Funding for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant would increase by $25 million; the Federal Work Study Program by $50 million; and GEAR UP and TRIO by $5 million and $30 million, respectively.
The bill also would fund gun violence research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While funding for these agencies is not related to NACAC’s core mission of helping students pursue a postsecondary credential, the association supports efforts that help address violence in our schools and universities.
“NACAC is pleased that Congress finally reached an agreement on this bill,” said David Hawkins, the association’s executive director for educational content and policy. “NACAC urges Congress to pass this bill and the President to sign it into law as soon as possible.”
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 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 Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.
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