Trump Budget Blueprint And What It Means For HBCUs

President Trump has laid out the spending priorities for his administration on Thursday, releasing a budget “blueprint” that includes a $9-billion cut from the U.S. Department of Education, more than 13 percent, as well as decreases at several agencies that provide money for academic research, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. The administration’s outline also calls for eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, in order to offset more than $50 billion in increases for the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs.

The proposed cuts at the Education Department include plans to ax several programs that aid primarily low-income and minority students while increasing spending for school-choice programs in elementary and secondary education. The administration wants to persevere the Pell Grant, which is a primary source of financial aid for many students. This “blueprint” will take effect October 1st (beginning of the 2018 fiscal year).

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You can find more details on Trump’s budget here: The Chronicle

So what does this mean for HBCUs and education period?

It means that the department of education’s budget will be reduced by 13% which eliminates $3.6 million in instruction and after-school and summer programs. Despite the meeting in the Oval Office with presidents of historically black colleges a few weeks ago, funding for HBCUs remains level, and $3.9 billion in cuts to Pell Grant funding is proposed which 70% of HBCU students use to help fund their college education. Trump is also calling for a reduction in work study programs as well, this not only affects HBCU students but also the minority students who do not attend an HBCU.

“Last month while meeting with presidents of the nation’s HBCUs, President Trump pledged to do more for HBCUs than any other president has done before; however, this budget is not reflective of that sentiment.” – Micheal Lomax of UNCF

I agree this budget “blueprint” is setting us backward.

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