Federal policy

White House budget includes tens of billions in cuts to student aid and research

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White House plan confirms drastic cuts to many programs while proposing to substantially alter loan programs.

Reported details of Trump budget include big cuts to financial aid

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Details leaked about forthcoming budget include large cuts to college aid programs and end Public Service Loan Forgiveness and subsidized loan programs. Other leaks point to new proposals to cut science.

Bipartisan bill would overturn federal ban on student unit record database

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Bipartisan group of senators wants to end ban on collecting data many say would help students and the public judge colleges. Opponents appear unmoved, citing privacy concerns.

Omnibus budget deal maintains programs hit with drastic cuts in Trump budget

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In restoring year-round Pell Grants and boosting research and other programs targeted for major cuts in White House's 2018 blueprint, 2017 budget deal suggests Congress's disinclination to embrace Trump approach.

March for Science participants say why they rallied

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Academics, graduate students and others brave the cold and rain in Washington Saturday to rally for science and research. Participants told Inside Higher Ed why they joined the event.

University researchers and scientists make rare political engagement over fears about federal role

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Cautioning that the event is not an anti-Trump protest, supporters of the March for Science plan to take a more vocal role in advocating for support of research and inquiry.

Congress and White House appear to back return of year-round Pell in upcoming budget bill

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Congressional Republicans and the Trump White House appear poised to bring back year-round Pell Grant eligibility, which the Obama administration and Congress nixed in 2012 over cost concerns.

IRS tool for financial aid applicants could be down until next aid cycle

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After briefings with congressional committees, federal agencies deliver more bad news on the status of the IRS data retrieval tool.

Repeal of Obama's higher education regulations won't be swift process for GOP

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Republicans swept to power after years of complaints about the Obama administration's crackdown on for-profit colleges. But only tentative steps to roll back regulations have followed, and two major rules could be headed for a drawn-out negotiation process.

Ideas for improving higher education's primary role in work force development

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Republican-dominated Washington wants more occupational job training as an alternative to college degrees. But higher education will remain the federal government’s primary job-training system, albeit one experts say could use a reboot.

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