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Ensuring Adequate Funding for Higher Education

Ensuring Adequate Funding for Higher Education

AGB is engaged in laws and regulations affecting higher education, citizen trusteeship, and governance.

One issues of note is ensuring adequate funding for higher education. Traditionally, federal funding for higher education has focused on access to postsecondary education for low-income and nontraditional students. This includes grants, loans, work-study and tax credits along with continued funding to sustain basic and applied research. AGB supports continued investment in these areas with a focus on proven and innovative responses to address access, completion and quality, while always ensuring that the control of programs and policies remain at the institutional level.

AGB supports policies to make college more affordable and to simplify the financial-aid process for all students by:

  • Reaffirming Congress’s historic, bipartisan commitment to postsecondary education and scientific research.
  • Replacing sequester cuts with permanent reforms to allow for a predictable budget process.
  • Strengthening federal programs that support the work of minority-serving institutions.
  • Restoring year-round Pell eligibility to provide funding for low-income students who wish to accelerate their progress throughout the academic calendar.

AGB also recommends funding the Pell Grant program at a level sufficient to maintain the scheduled increase in the maximum award, as well as making common-sense adjustments to the FAFSA application process to make accessing and administering federal student-aid programs easier for both students and institutions.

For more information on important public issues, consider the recently released Top Public Policy Issues for Higher Education: 2017-2018.
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