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Pell Grant Boost Likely Despite Partisanship

Appropriations bills (S 1695; HR 3020) awaiting consideration in the House and Senate would increase the maximum Pell Grant award from $5,775 in the 2015-15 school year to $5,915 for the 2016-17 school year. The White Houseís budget request also seeks a Pell Grant boost.

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Congress, White House in Agreement on Some HHS Funding Issues

The Senate and House appropriations measures (S 1695; HR 3020) to fund the Health and Human Services Dept. that await consideration by their respective chambers have little chance of being approved in their current forms. They do, however, provide a sense of funding areas where the Republicans and Democrats are in alignment.

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Appropriators Provide Glimpse of DOL Funding Wishes

The Senate and House appropriations committees finalize their FY 2016 funding measures (S 1695; HR 3020) to fund the Department of Labor. Both bills now face the uphill battle of being cleared by their respective chambers.

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Upcoming Competition to Boost Senior Volunteerism

The Corp. for Natíl and Community Service is preparing a competition for its FY 2016 Senior Corps: Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (CFDA Number: 94.002), seeking comments through a Federal Register notice on the proposed application.

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Rating Tools to Be Released This Summer

New, easy-to-use tools will be released later this summer to help students compare the value offered by higher education institutions and, while holding colleges and universities accountable for preparing their students to be successful, an Education Dept. official tell us.

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Complaint Isnít Deterring Retailerís Grantmaking

The movement of Walmart Stores into major urban markets may mean millions of dollars for nutrition, job training and veteran efforts in these communities, but its method of delivery for these funds through a tax-exempt foundation is under scrutiny

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Senate Committee Considers Student Aid Changes

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee recently held a hearing on college affordability for low-income students. At the hearing, witnesses urged the committee to improve student aid programs as it works to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (PL 110-315).

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Emergency Housing Comments Sought

The Housing and Urban Development Dept. reopens the comment period for the interim rule guiding its Emergency Solution Grants (ESG) Program (CFDA Number: 14.231) through a Federal Register notice. The agency hopes the new comment period will help it devise a final rule to guide the funding program.

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Witnesses Tout Higher Ed-Community Partnerships

A House Workforce and Education Committee subcommittee recently held a hearing on improving higher education access and completion for low-income and first-generation students. At the hearing, witnesses urged the committee to better support and nurture partnerships between colleges and universities and community organizations as it works to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (PL 110-315).

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USDA Programs to Reserve 10% in Funding

The Rural Development Service (USDA) offers an interim rule that will reserve up to 10% of its appropriated funds each fiscal year for certain grant programs that support the implementation of strategic economic and community development activities across multi-jurisdictional areas.

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