Press Statement: President Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposal Worsens College Affordability in America

May 24th, 2017

President Trump’s budget harms financial aid and college access programs that support America’s students, teachers, and public safety personnel

This 2018 budget proposal would put college further out of reach for thousands of talented students and make it less affordable for Americans.

“President Trump’s budget proposal is titled ‘A New Foundation for American Greatness,’ but it seems to be built on quicksand.  We urge Congress to increase, not erode, investments in student aid and college access because an educated workforce is the bedrock of our economy. In California alone, we are already projected to be short by 2.3 million degrees and certificates by 2025 to meet workforce needs. Decreasing federal investments in higher education would slow economic growth and limit future revenues both for our State and the nation which heavily depends on California taxpayers. It is not in the interest of students, nor our nation, to eliminate or undermine programs that help overcome the financial barriers faced by hard-working students seeking to further their education.  All students deserve the opportunity to go to college and it is our responsibility to make sure it’s affordable,” said Michele Siqueiros, President of the Campaign for College Opportunity.