Budget Request for FY23 Released Next Week

The Biden Administration will release its fiscal year 2023 (FY2023) Budget Request on Monday, March 28. The release of the Administration Budget officially kicks-off the FY2023 budget and appropriations process to fund the federal government. The House Budget Committee will hold its hearing on the budget on March 29 and the Senate Budget committee will hold its hearing on March 30. Read more.

CGS Signs on to Letters Regarding Competitiveness Legislation

CGS and 21 other higher education associations sent a letter to the Congressional leadership this week outlining the community’s legislative priorities for the upcoming conference committee negotiation for the Senate-passed USICA Act of 2021 and House-passed America COMPETES Act of 2022. These authorization bills include provisions which will increase federal funding for STEM education programs, fundamental scientific research, and research infrastructure. Read more. 

Dr. Nasser Paydar Nominated to be Assistant Secretary of Education

President Biden has nominated Nasser Paydar to be assistant secretary of education for postsecondary education. The Office of Postsecondary Education oversees many programs that benefit graduate education. Including improvements in educational quality, management, and financial stability of graduate institutions. As well as international education and foreign language studies. And student service programs like McNair and GAANN. Read more.   

National Science Board Releases Information on Breaking Down Barriers to Graduate Education

The National Science Foundation’s National Science Board (NSB) recently released a document detailing the need to break down barriers to build a diverse research and development workforce. In the document, NSB writes that doctoral students are the future of scientific and technological innovation. To maintain our global competitiveness in science & engineering, we need to reduce barriers for domestic students that discourages many from pursuing STEM doctorates. Read more. 

Latest Action: Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking Committee

The Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for Higher Education 2021-2022 met last week to discuss several proposed regulatory changes to issues such as, gainful employment, the 90/10 Rule, and certification procedures. Read more. 

Department of Veterans Affairs Notice on Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

The VA issued a federal register notice this week of an increase in the Post-9/11 GI Bill maximum tuition and fee amounts payable. For the 2022-2023 academic year, the VA will pay the net cost of tuition and fees not to exceed the in-state amounts for students pursuing training at public schools; $26,381.37 for students training at private and foreign schools; $26,381.37 for students training at non-degree granting schools; $15,075.05 for students training at vocational flight schools; and $12,813.78 for students training at correspondence schools. Read more.