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Congress Proposes Cuts to College Funding

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on May 20, 2015 at 6:49 PM

Originally published on ATTN by Sarah Gray on May 11, 2015. 

Last Tuesday, Senate Republicans passed a budget resolution that outlines sizable cuts to funding for higher education and student loan repayment programs. This is the first House of Representatives and Senate joint budget resolution in five years. This joint resolution was only possible due to the fact that Republicans took over the Senate after the 2014 election, giving the party control of both branches of Congress. The next hurdle for Republicans is to turn this framework -- an outline that slashes $5 trillion in spending over the next ten years -- into legislation.

The plan is unlikely to pass in the Senate as the bill would need six Democratic votes to break a filibuster, but what it says about Congress' priorities is alarming. The cuts, if they pass, would deeply impact current and future college students as well as former college students who are currently repaying student loans. Here are four ways that the budget makes college less affordable:

1) Cuts to Pell Grants.

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