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The proposed 2018 budget by the Trump administration has been presented and now we have a clear picture of the list of programs related to higher education that will be either severely cut or totally eliminated.

Among the programs to be eliminated are the Public-Service Loan-Forgiveness program (which currently helps more than 550,000 students), Stafford Loans (offered to eligible students enrolled in accredited American institutions of higher education to help with their education) and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (a federal assistance grant for college students with the greatest need for financial aid). It also includes plans to allow the Perkins Loan program to expire. This is a program based on financial need that assists American college students in funding their post-secondary education. The proposed budget will also cut spending in half on Federal Work-Study programs and will eliminate programs that foster foreign-language study, while reducing spending that supports international-education programs and exchanges, such as the Fulbright Scholar program, by 55 percent.


This work was originally published in The Edwardsville Intelligencer.



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