U.S. House Committee Passes Spending Bill

Las week the U.S. House Appropriations Committee passed an education funding bill for fiscal year 2017. The action comes one month after the Senate unveiled an education funding bill.

Pell Grant

Unlike the Senate bill, the House would not restore year-round Pell Grants, but like the Senate, the Pell Grant maximum award is projected at $5,935 for AY 2017-18, an increase of $120, which is subject to change based on fluctuations in inflation, as defined by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  Finally, the House bill allocates the lowest overall dollar amount to the Pell Grant Program since FY 2010 and represents a decrease of $1.3 billion from FY 2016.

Other Provisions

The House bill includes a number of other provisions.

  • Level-funding for FY 2017 for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and Federal Work Study (FWS)
  • A $60 million increase in funding for TRIO Programs
  • An increase in funding of $1.25 billion over FY 2016 levels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Several higher education policy provisions, including provisions to block the gainful employment, teacher preparation program, credit hour, and state authorization regulations.

The bill will next be considered by the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (“Labor-H”) Appropriations Subcommittee.


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