Initial federal proposals for post-Katrina relief provide comparatively little for colleges and students.
Republican plan to offset Katrina spending suggests ending federal backing of grad student loans, NEH and AmeriCorps.
With research revenues and donations down, Case Western Reserve came up a little short.
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.
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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