Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Budget, Grant Issues Still in Limbo. (Washington Update)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Budget, Grant Issues Still in Limbo. (Washington Update)

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The U.S. Congress adjourned for the year without debating critical budget and student aid issues originally scheduled for approval in October.

Pell Grants, college work-study, TRIO programs and aid to HBCUs will continue to receive only temporary funding for fiscal 2003, which began in October, due to on-going budget debates in Congress. The new Congress, with Republicans in charge of both the Senate and House of Representatives, must take up these continuing funding issues soon after it convenes Jan. 7.

Earlier this year, a U.S. Senate panel approved a plan to increase the maximum Pell Grant by $100 and provide small gains for HBCU programs. However, the House soon became bogged down in a debate between moderates and conservatives on how to fund U.S. Department of Education programs.

Republican gains in the midterm congressional elections may strengthen the hand of conservatives, according to higher education lobbyists. The Senate also will shift from Democratic to Republican control beginning in January.

The lack of consensus takes on added importance amid concerns of a rising shortfall in the Pell Grant program due to mounting student demand and the uneven economy. …

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