The Senate’s pork-laden omnibus spending bill would fund Pell, but despite providing generous cash for a whole series of wacky, vaguely academic local projects like Dixie State College of Utah’s “Cybercrime Detection and Computer Support Training” program and Cornell’s “National Textile Center,” it would also eliminate one existing federal program.

According to an article by Kelly Field in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

The chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee unveiled a spending package on Tuesday that would… eliminate the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership program, which matches each dollar that states commit to need-based aid.

The House bill would not explicitly eliminate the LEAP program, as the matching program for need-based aid is known, but there is no guarantee that the Obama administration would finance the program under a long-term continuing resolution.

LEAP helps to supplement financial aid. The program provides matching grants to states to help them fund “need-based grants and community service work-study assistance,” according to the Department of Education. The goal of the program was to encourage states to develop need-based financial aid programs. They more money states provide, the more the federal government provides.

The LEAP program was first authorized in 1972. According to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget “the program is no longer needed.” [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer