Something has to be done to reign in the cost of college and the crazy amount of borrowing that goes along with it.

It would be great if Trump got the government out of the picture completely.

Inside Higher Ed reports:

Protecting Pell? Critics Say Budget Wouldn’t

The document outlining the Trump administration’s first budget, released in a bare-bones outline Thursday, states that the White House plan “safeguards” the Pell Grant program and would leave the key financial aid source for needy students on “sound financial footing for the next decade.”

But many advocates for low-income students say the opposite is true. By taking about a third of the program’s multi-billion-dollar surplus and cutting other college access programs, they assert, the new administration would jeopardize Pell’s long-term sustainability and harm the prospects of low-income students.

What the White House is calling its “skinny budget” — a broad outline of the detailed 2018 fiscal proposal due from the administration later this spring — seeks an overall cut of 13 percent of the Department of Education’s funding from the current year. To offset steep proposed increases in military spending, the budget blueprint seeks $54 billion in cuts across the board to nondefense spending.

Trump wrote in his budget message that the administration’s blueprint makes tough choices to reinvest in the country’s military without adding to the federal deficit. “In these dangerous times, this public safety and national security budget is a message to the world — a message of American strength, security and resolve,” he said.


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