Coup for low-income students

Congress ignores Trump’s cuts to financial aid programs

Last week, Congress shot down severe cuts to financial aid programs proposed by President Trump in March.

As reported in CN&R (see “Grant funding threatened,” Newslines, March 30), Chico State stood to lose about $235,000 in one area alone: TRIO, which funds programs like Upward Bound, which helps first-generation students succeed through college.

According to the Center for American Progress, Trump’s proposed budget would have cut TRIO and the similar GEAR UP program by $193 million (Congress’ plan would add $67 million); Pell grant surpluses by $3.9 billion (Congress would cut $1.2 billion); and federal work-study by $318 million (Congress proposes no cuts).

Congress still must pass its 2018 spending bill, however, leaving the door open to further cuts.