Higher Education Programs to Survive With Short-Term Funds

Higher Education Programs to Survive With Short-Term Funds
By Charles Dervarics

Federal higher education programs will continue to operate with only temporary funds through January as a result of recent congressional action.

Congress has funded federal education programs through short-term spending bills, or “continuing resolutions” since the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year. Lawmakers were at odds over spending priorities before the mid-term elections, and legislatures now have decided to wait until the new year to settle the disputes. Republicans will claim control of both the House and the Senate in January.

The new continuing resolution provides federal funds through Jan. 11. Failing to enact a new resolution could have left the government in shutdown mode by late November. The temporary funding status affects all major programs, including Pell Grants, aid to Black colleges and other student assistance programs.

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