Science Funding Gets a Boost

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Obama administration's proposed 2011 budget would add $3.3 billion for scientific research, including an extra $1 billion for the NIH.

What Now for Student Aid Bill?

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Democrats' plan to consider health care legislation through "budget reconciliation" process has implications for student loan reform -- not all of them good.

The Shrunken Student Aid Bill

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With Congress set to take up health measure, Democrats strip community college funds, accountability provisions and more from loan overhaul.

Colleges and the Governors' Races

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With state budget shortfalls likely to hit $180 billion in 2011, the incoming governors -- a potentially record-size pool of brand-new state chiefs -- will have a lot to take on when they take office in January. Jobs and the economy have dwarfed all other campaign issues, and higher education -- despite its link to economic development -- is unlikely to be a focal point in this year’s elections.

Is Higher Ed Ready to Change?

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INDIANAPOLIS -- One's perception of how widely colleges and universities have embraced the necessity and inevitability of fundamental transformative change -- in how the institutions educate students, how they finance themselves, etc. -- is likely to depend on which sorts of higher education conferences he or she attends.

The Senate's Budget Approach

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WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders on Tuesday unveiled an omnibus spending bill to fund the government's operations for the 2011 fiscal year that they say would sustain the maximum Pell Grant at $5,550 (staving off a threatened cut by funding an existing shortfall) and boost funds for the National Institutes of Health by $750 million over the 2010 level.

Washington Wrapup

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Leading Democrat blasts for-profit colleges; U.S. affirms $5,500 maximum Pell Grant; no earmarks in 2011 and 2012.

Spending Showdown

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House Republicans would slash deeply into programs for colleges and students, while President Obama would cut surgically from higher ed.

Maximum Pell, at All Costs

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Obama administration's 2012 budget plan would keep the top grant at $5,550 -- but would pay for it by ending year-round Pell Grant and a loan subsidy for graduate students.

'Tough Love' Budget for Science

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WASHINGTON -- Federal money for science research would continue flowing next year under President Obama's spending plan for 2012, which was released Monday.


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