Congress/legislation

Senate Backs Budget for NIH, Student Aid

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In lean year for colleges, measure would sustain key programs but provide few increases beyond biomedical research.

Congress Acts on Budget Bills

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Legislation to cut billions in mandatory spending advanced in both chambers.

House Plan to Cut Loan Programs Stalls

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Republican leaders lack votes, for now, on budget package that would slash $14.3 billion from lenders and students.

Adding Up the Damage

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To make the case for U.S. aid, higher ed groups tally cost of colleges' Katrina cleanup: over $2 billion.

Bad Budget News for College Programs

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Compromise spending bill would keep maximum Pell Grant at $4,050 and freeze most other student aid programs.

House Rejects Education Budget Bill

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22 Republicans vote with Democrats on measure that college groups staunchly opposed, but alternatives  are unpleasant.

Lenders Speak Out Against Cuts

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Letter to lawmakers says reductions in student loan programs would hurt students and lenders alike, limiting access to college.

The Supremes Scrutinize Solomon

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Justices seem inclined to uphold law that bars federal funds to campuses that restrict military recruiters.

Painful Weekend in Congress

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Bills contain mostly bad tidings for colleges and students, especially on loans, but funds may surface for science grants and Katrina-damaged colleges.

Senate Passes Budget Bill -- But...

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A tumultuous day may only delay passage of budget and other bills that college groups generally dislike.

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