$100 Increase in Maximum Pell Grant

Congressional spending deal includes gains for student aid and NIH.


An appropriations deal reached by House and Senate negotiators last week largely reflects the priorities of the upper chamber, including higher spending on student aid, career and technical education, and university-based research.

The spending bill for fiscal year 2019, which begins October 1, would increase the Education Department’s total budget to $71.5 billion — a second year in a row Congress has boosted funding, despite calls for heavy cuts by the Trump administration.

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