What the House Appropriations Bill Will Mean to Students

According to a piece published by the Center for American Progress House Appropriations Bill would have an unfortunate effect on low income college students. As Julie Margetta Morgan writes:

Last week, House Republicans released a 2012 appropriations bill that would determine the funding for the Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services. The bill serves up a double whammy against low-income students: it cuts funding for financial aid and also eliminates the regulations that would make sure colleges give these students what they paid for.

The House Appropriations Committee maintains that the appropriations bill “contains several policy provisions aimed at reducing harmful and unnecessary federal regulations that tie the hands of employers and undermine job creation and economic growth.”

The bill reduces funding for Pell Grants and, according to Morgan, “prohibits implementation of the gainful employment rule [and] the credit hour definition.”

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