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Student Aid Funding

Sustaining the nation’s economic competitiveness requires that an increasing share of the workforce hold undergraduate or advanced college degrees. Moreover, federal student aid is an important element in the nation’s economic growth: enabling low- and middle-income students to attend college and current workers to retrain for new careers.

AAU strongly supports a broad array of student aid programs funded by the Department of Education. This section includes funding materials related to student aid issues.



Status of FY20 appropriations for AAU’s funding priorities at the Department of Education including Title IV and Title VI funding.
AAU, along with ACE, APLU, and 40 other higher education organizations, sent a letter to House leaders urging they pass the FUTURE Act
The Student Aid Alliance, of which AAU is a member, sent a letter to Congress urging a bipartisan budget agreement to raise the discretionary budget caps and commit to making student aid funding a continued priority in the FY2020 appropriations process.
Status of FY19 appropriations including the President’s FY19 Budget Request for AAU’s funding priorities at the Department of Education including Title IV and Title VI funding.
AAU and several other associations wrote to House leadership to urge passage of the FY19 Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending bill. The letter says the associations are grateful for the “meaningful increases for the programs that make college accessible and promote medical research.”
AAU President Mary Sue Coleman sent a letter to House and Senate Appropriators urging them to adopt the Senate-passed funding levels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and for the maximum Pell Grant.
AAU, ACE, and thirty-three other organizations sent this letter to Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, to express their concerns regarding possible FY2018 Budget rescission and the inclusion of federal student aid programs.
AAU and ACE joined thirty-three other higher education associations to urge appropriators to not include or at least reject any rescission proposals that include federal student aid.
The Student Aid Alliance has amended their FY19 funding requests for House and Senate appropriations leaders.