NACAC Opposes President Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposal

Michael Rose

Arlington, VA (May 23, 2017) — The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) criticized President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget, which was released today.  

“If implemented, President Trump’s budget will do great harm to our nation’s students,” said NACAC CEO Joyce Smith. “Cutting the Department of Education’s budget by 13 percent is shortsighted and will make it more difficult for students to succeed in school and pay for college.”

The Trump budget calls for, among other things, cutting $9.2 billion (13.5 percent) from the Department of Education’s budget, which will result in the elimination of at least 22 programs, including one that promotes international education. The proposal includes no funding for Title IV, Part A — a flexible block grant that provides states support for college counseling, Advance Placement/International Baccalaureate programs, test fee waivers, and other student support services. It also freezes funding for the Pell Grant program, reduces funding for college work-study by nearly half, and cuts more than $700 million from the Federal Perkins Loan Program. It also eliminates Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants and cuts funding for TRIO and GEAR UP.

“Our nation’s businesses are demanding a better educated workforce,” said Smith. “This budget undermines this call and will harm our economic competitiveness. NACAC urges Congress to reject this budget and invest in our educational system so that all our students can take full advantage of their potential.”  

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 NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

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