The cuts to education in the Trump and congressional budgets are some of the deepest in history. For K-12 education, the Trump budget includes devastating cuts, such as eliminating the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants that provide $2.1 billion for states and districts nationwide each year. These funds could support the salaries of nearly 35,000 teachers and are the major source of federal funds for recruitment, training, and support of the education workforce. The Trump budget would also eliminate the $1.2 billion 21st Century Community Learning Centers program that supports before-school, after-school, and summer learning programs for 1.8 million students nationwide.
The higher education cuts would harm college affordability for millions of low-income students. The Trump budget wants to take $39 billion away from borrowers by ending the Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan program. This helps 6 million students with interest-free loans while they are in school. The Trump budget also proposes raiding $3.9 billion from the rainy day fund for Pell Grants—a program that helps more than 7 million low-income students afford college. And that is on top of proposed reductions in programs that help students obtain subsidized employment, get child care while on campus, and receive supplemental grant assistance.
Find out below what’s at stake for student loan recipients in your congressional district.