Stopgap Federal budget preserves higher ed spending

The emergency federal spending bill adopted by the U.S. Congress appears to preserve federal spending, with small expansions, for higher education.  The bill keeps the federal government going into September of this year.

According to several news sources, notable elements of the measure include small increases in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The bill also reinstitutes year-round Pell Grants, which are need-based federal grants for undergraduates, and provides a small $105 increase to maximum Pell award, making the maximum grant $5,920.

A cut to the Department of Education applies to K-12 programs.

In the sciences, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration appear to have its research funding intact, although the National Weather Service does see a cut. A number of other programs have relatively small increases or cuts.

See a summary outline of the wins and losses from the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Democratic Caucus.

See news reports summarizing the impact on higher education in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.