FY 2016 budget targets higher-ed opportunity

Proposed budget focuses on improving postsecondary access, completion rates

budget-requestMore students would have access to higher education under President Obama’s FY 2016 budget request, which he sent to Congress on Feb. 2, 2015.

The budget includes four focus areas for education, including increasing equity and opportunity for all students; expanding high-quality early learning programs; supporting teachers and school leaders; and improving access, affordability and student outcomes in postsecondary education.

The proposed budget fully funds Pell Grants and ties the maximum away to inflation beyond 2017, to ensure that Pell Grants maintain their value for students and families.

America’s College Promise, Obama’s much-discussed free community college plan, would receive $60.3 billion over 10 years for a total of $1.36 billion.

The partnership with states asks states to invest more in public higher education and training, asks community colleges to strengthen their programs and improve student outcomes, and asks students to attend at least half-time, earn good grades, and stay on the path to graduation.

Next page: Budget priorities for postsecondary programs

Laura Ascione