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NODA Governmental Affairs January Update

Thursday, January 30, 2020   (0 Comments)
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NODA Governmental Affairs January Update 

FUTURE Act 

Last Month, Congress was able to enact the Future Act, simplifying the FAFSA, and making permanent funding for HBCUs, HSIs, and MSIs 

Spending Bill 

Congress was also able to keep the government open and passed its budget bill for FY2020. There are funding increases for education across the board: 

o The Education Department will get $1.3 billion more in funding under the FY2020 appropriations deal than last year, for a total of $72.8 billion (https://appropriations.house.gov/news/press-releases/house-to-consider- domestic-priorities-and-international-assistance#Labor-HHS-Education); details of the appropriations deal include: 

Just over half of the total appropriations and most of the additional 

funding ($1.2 billion) are for K12 programs 

Student Financial Aid will see $75 million more than FY209, $24.5 billion 

total The max Pell grant increases $150 over FY2019 to $6,345 

SEOG increased $25 million over FY2019 to $865 million 

FWS increased $50 million to $1.2 billion 

Higher education programs increase $163 million over FY2019 to $2.5 

billion MSI funding increases $93 million ($760 million total): $93 million 

more for MSI Aid for Institutional Development ($760 million total), $42 million for HBCUs ($325 million total), $19 million for HSIs ($143 million total), and $5 million for tribal colleges ($37 million total) 

TRIO increases $30 million to $1.4 billion 

CCAMPIS increased $3 million to $53 million 

Other items in the Labor-H bill of possible interest: 

Head Start will get a $550 million boost ($10.6 billion total) 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 

(SAMHSA) will see $140 million more than last year ($5.9 billion 

total), mostly for substance abuse prevention, though also some for substance abuse treatment, suicide prevention, and mental health resources 

 

 The bill also includes $12.5 million to the CDC specifically to support firearm injury and mortality prevention research o Appropriations deal includes a deal to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21.  

Proposed Free Speech Regulations 

o The Education Department has released their proposed rule on religious liberty 

and free speech; see the press release here: https://www.ed.gov/news/press- releases/us-secretary-education-betsy-devos-announces-proposed-rule- regarding-equal-treatment-faith-based-education-institutions-provides- updated-school-prayer-guidance The Education Department is proposing deference to the courts for determinations of whether a institution – public or private – has violated free expression rights 

Note: NODA is providing this information as a resource and encourages members to read more about legislation that impacts higher education institutions. 



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