Initial federal proposals for post-Katrina relief provide comparatively little for colleges and students.
Study finds that provision on prior convictions of college students withholds $150 million in Pell Grants and loans each year.
Senate amends Pentagon spending bill to bolster scholarship and fellowships for training in key fields.
Education committee's bill to cut deficit and extend Higher Ed Act would provide extra $2.5 billion to new grant programs.
Amid latest steps in this year's complex budget battle, college leaders go on the offensive.
They argued about numbers. They debated definitions. They challenged each other's "facts."
In lean year for colleges, measure would sustain key programs but provide few increases beyond biomedical research.
Legislation to cut billions in mandatory spending advanced in both chambers.
Republican leaders lack votes, for now, on budget package that would slash $14.3 billion from lenders and students.
To make the case for U.S. aid, higher ed groups tally cost of colleges' Katrina cleanup: over $2 billion.
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