[caption id="attachment_29054" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="President Obama's 2011 budget proposal increases student aid by 60 percent over 2008 figures. "]President Obama's 2011 budget proposal increases student aid by 60 percent since 2008. [/caption]

Research university officials praised President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget proposal, which includes more funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Pell Grant program used by nearly 9 million college students this year.

The higher-education funding increases were tempered with a proposal that could shrink campus coffers: High-income taxpayers would be able to deduct less from charitable donations to colleges...

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