The budget provides $200 million for the First in the World program, a $140 million increase from 2015. These competitive awards aim to improve postsecondary completion rates through innovative, promising, and evidence-based strategies. The administration plans to set aside up to 30 percent of the funds available for a competition to support the implementation of projects at Minority Serving Institutions.

Career and Technical Education, which has seen renewed interest in recent years as more students are increasingly opting to enroll in programs to learn specialized skills, would receive $200 million.

The Federal TRIO programs would receive $860 million–a $20 million increase–to enable the Department of Education to maintain funding for approximately 2,800 TRIO projects that serve middle school, high school, and college students and adults. TRIO includes programs designed to help low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities successfully attain higher education.

The budget also will support a new TRIO initiative designed to give existing grantees the opportunity to compete for increased funding to implement, evaluate, and scale additional, evidence-based college access and success strategies.

The budget also aims to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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