FY 2019 Spending Package Clears Congress, President
    September 28, 2018

    FY 2019 Education, Research Funding and CR Enacted

    On Friday, September 28, the President signed a two-bill spending package that includes the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Labor-HHS-Education and Defense measures, as well as a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the reminder of the government at FY 2018 levels through December 7. The House passed the measure by a vote of 361-61 on Thursday after the Senate had approved it last week. CGS signed onto a community letter in support of the legislation. CGS commends the bipartisan efforts of Congress to reach this deal.


    Investments in higher education and research in the bill include:

    • $39.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health, a $2 billion increase over the previous year
    • $350 million for a short-term eligibility fix for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program
    • $1.06 billion for TRIO programs which include the Robert McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Award
    • $6,195 for the maximum Pell Grant award, an increase of $100
    • $23 million for the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program
    • $1.13 billion for Federal Work Study
    • $65.1 million for international education and foreign language programs under Title VI and $7.06 million for Fulbright-Hays


    To view proposed and enacted funding levels for CGS programs of interest in more detail, visit CGS’s FY 2019 Funding Chart.


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