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Congress Kills Threat to Student Support, Hikes Funding

September 19, 2017

The week of September 10, TRIO Champion Tom Cole (R-OK) led a bipartisan coalition that included TRIO Caucus Co-Chair and Alumna Gwen Moore (D-WI) in speaking out against the "Jason Lewis CTE Amendment."

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House Appropriations Committee Approves $60 Million Funding Increase for FY 2017

July 14, 2016

We recently learned that the U.S. Department of Education is behind schedule with respect to grant announcements for Talent Search and will be unable to meet the expectation laid out in the FY 16 Omnibus Appropriation bill that all Talent Search and EOC grants be announced by July 31.

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ED Proposes to Cut TRIO by $20 Million; COE Proposes $80 Million Increase [FY 2015]

February 9, 2016

On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, President Obama released his final budget request to Congress. In the proposal, the Administration not only requests overall level funding for TRIO, but also reduces the funding allocation for virtually all of the individual TRIO programs in order to reserve $20 million to fund a "TRIO Demonstration Initiative."

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A Real Increase for Your TRIO Program [FY 2016]

December 16, 2015

Late last night, congressional leadership introduced its year-end spending package to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2016 (Program Year 2016-2017). This legislation included the $60 million (or 7.2%) funding increase for TRIO programs for a total appropriation of $900 million. This represents the third largest increase among all programs funded within the U.S. Department of Education.

While we are confident that this boost in funding will translate into a real increase for your programs, the exact level of that increase remains uncertain as the Department has the authority to allocate some of the increase to fund new Talent Search and EOC projects. In the report language accompanying the bill, Congress encourages the Department to publish the applications for the Talent Search and EOC competitions as soon as possible and to issue grant awards by July 31, 2016. Congress also echoes our community's concerns regarding the competitive preference priorities for Talent Search and urges the Secretary to give fair value to prior experience points.

All in all, this legislation demonstrates the very real impact of your advocacy. Just as you have reached out to ask your legislators for an increase all year long, we now ask you to contact your House Representative and Senators to offer a word of thanks for this funding increase to support low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities. Contact information for all Members of Congress is available at (http://www.contactingthecongress.org/). You can also reach any congressional office by dialing the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 225-3121.

Once again, this represents a major win for our community. Thank you for your outstanding commitment to our students and programs!

— Maureen Hoyler, President, Council for Opportunity in Education

Very Good News About TRIO Funding! [FY 2016]

June 16, 2015

I am excited to report that today Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK-4), Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education ("LHHS") Appropriations Subcommittee, released his FY 2016 LHHS bill. It includes a $60 million or 7.2% increase for TRIO, raising our appropriation from $840 million to $900 million. This bill will be voted on in Subcommittee tomorrow, Wednesday, June 17. Because the allocation made available to the Subcommittee is $3.7 billion less than last year's funding levels, this increase is particularly noteworthy.

You will recall that since our 35th Annual Policy Seminar in March, the Council for Opportunity in Education has been pressing for a $65 million increase for TRIO. This amount would be sufficient to restore the 53,000 students lost to the program since 2010. This reaffirmation of support for TRIO students, staff, and programs is a major step towards that goal. I would particularly like to thank every TRIO student, family member, alumni, staff member, and supporter whose advocacy resulted in this victory.

— Maureen Hoyler, President, Council for Opportunity in Education