News Release from AASCU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2017-03-16

Contact: Jennifer Walpole 202-478-4665

AASCU Statement on Proposed "Skinny Budget"

We are profoundly disappointed with the administration’s proposed budget framework. The fiscal year 2018 “skinny budget,” unveiled this morning, would raid the funds set aside by successive Congresses for Pell grants, eliminate or shortchange critical student aid programs, and drastically cut vital research investments, including a 20 percent cut to the National Institutes of Health.

At a time when higher education and research are more important to the nation’s future than ever before, this budget unwisely undermines both and weakens the objective of a stronger, greater America. We will work with Congress and the administration to make the compelling case that the targeted programs are in the national interest.

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The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities, and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. These are institutions Delivering America’s Promise of Opportunities for All.