Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Education Budget Looks to Eliminate Several College-Access Programs

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Education Budget Looks to Eliminate Several College-Access Programs

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President Bush is proposing a tight 2007 federal education budget that would freeze the maximum Pell Grant and Black college aid amounts while eliminating several college-access programs for low-income students.

Programs slated for elimination: Upward Bound, currently funded at $311 million; the $145-million Talent Search program; and GEAR UP, an early college awareness program that has received $303 million this year.

Support for historically Black colleges and graduate institutions would receive $296 million, the same as 2006 funding. Of that amount, $58 million would go to HBCU graduate institutions.

The budget released earlier this month also would freeze funding for Hispanic-serving colleges and universities at $95 million and leave funding for tribal colleges unchanged at $24 million next year.

The maximum Pell Grant would remain at $4,050, but the administration is proposing changes in the program's operation. Year-round Pell Grants would be available at many two-and four-year colleges so students could accelerate their education. …

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