Status Quo on Education Spending

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Senate bill for student aid and health programs calls for flat funding for Pell Grants, TRIO and Gear Up, small increase for NIH.

Scrutiny for Colleges on Earmarks

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A senator wants to know how colleges lobby for government money.

K Street and Colleges

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Academic researchers might not like earmarks in theory, but many universities spend to get them anyway.

Spend and You Shall Receive

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New NSF data show slight uptick in federal share of academic research budgets -- with most funds going to colleges with existing infrastructure.

Gripes About Grants

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Commenting on U.S. rules for 2 new student aid programs, college groups cite several major flaws.

Science: Lost in Space

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Three scientists who criticized NASA for moving funding away from research will no longer be offering their advice.

We Regret to Inform You...

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As NASA has moved money away from science, some researchers have lost money and young talent virtually overnight.

Textbooks, Barriers and Aid Forms

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Federal advisory panel hears testimony on a range of topics relating to college access and affordability.

House Panel Backs NIH Extension

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Committee passes bill that would aim for 5% increases for biomedical research, but rebuffs effort to raise that ceiling.

Putting the 'Lame' in Lame Duck Session

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There is no shortage of higher education issues on Congress's agenda, chief among them renewal of the Higher Education Act, the law that governs most federal student aid and other college programs, and the possible extension of several higher education tax breaks.

But as lawmakers get back to business this week for what little remains of the 109th Congress, it seems increasingly likely that they will do as little as possible, focusing almost exclusively on the spending bills needed to keep the federal government operating.


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