CGS Statement on the Administration’s FY 2020 Budget Proposal

    On March 11, 2019, the Trump Administration released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal outlining federal funding priorities. The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) is concerned that the Administration is withdrawing essential support for critical discretionary programs.


    “This marks the third year the Administration has introduced unprecedented cuts to domestic programs that ensure a highly-educated and diverse workforce, spur innovation, uphold our national security, and preserve the U.S.’s position as a leading global competitor.” said Suzanne T. Ortega, President of the Council of Graduate Schools.


    The proposal significantly reduces funding for student aid programs that have longstanding success in promoting access to affordable higher education, particularly for low socio-economic and underrepresented students. The budget makes harsh cuts to Federal-Work Study and TRIO, and it would eliminate the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness programs. This poses a long-term risk to diversity and inclusiveness not just within academic institutions, but also within the future American workforce.


    The proposal gouges funding streams for research entities includingthe National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Energy, all of which invest in discoveries that translate to new technologies and cures. In addition, the Fulbright-Hays International Education and Foreign Language Studies programs, which provide U.S. students opportunities to learn across international borders and foster cross-cultural understanding, would also be eliminated.


    “CGS is committed to working with Congress in a bipartisan manner to ensure that a final spending package includes necessary investments that will allow universities to respond to the demand for a highly-skilled workforce, a competitive scientific enterprise, and future generations of global leaders.”


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