On March 12, the Senate HELP Committee held a full committee hearing titled, “Simplifying the FAFSA and Reducing the Burden of Verification.” The hearing examined methods in which the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be simplified in order to all for more students, particularly students from low-income families, to more easily complete and submit the application.
On March 11, the Office of Management and Budget released the first half of President Donald Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 Budget Request (PBR). The PBR includes significant cuts to non-defense discretionary funding, including significant decreases in the budgets for the U.S. Departments of Education (USED) and Health and Human Services (HHS). The PBR outlines a USED discretionary budget of $62 billion, which is a $7.4 billion less (12%) than FY2019 enacted funding. The PBR outlines a HHS discretionary budget of $87.1 billion, which is $3 billion less (12%) than FY2019 enacted funding. OMB is expected to release the Congressional Justifications for department budgets on March 18.
On March 11, USED Secretary DeVos announced that the Department would no longer enforce […]