At long-planned conference, a new issue emerges, informally, on the agenda.
Higher education groups pan Senate proposal to use savings from Higher Ed Act to pay for Katrina recovery.
Colleges plan a variety of ways to mark a holiday they have been ordered to celebrate.
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.
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