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Associations Thank Congressional Leaders for FY18 Funding Bill

AAU joined ACE and over three dozen higher education organizations in a letter to party leadership thanking them for "the commitment to student aid and scientific research in the Fiscal Year 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act."

Specific positive aspects of the bill include:

  • Increases the maximum Pell Grant award by $175, maintains the recent Year Round Pell expansion, and keeps existing program funding within Pell Grants; 
  • Increases funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH);
  • Invests in student aid, career and workforce training, institutional support and scientific research; 
  • Increases funding for TRIO and GEAR UP programs; 
  • Enhances the Public Service Loan Forgiveness and increase its reach; 
  • Increases support for Apprenticeship Opportunities and new funding for key workforce-related programs; 
  • Increases funding for the Title III and Title V programs; 
  • Increases support for agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, NASA, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Art. 

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