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Policy & Advocacy

Federal Budget & Appropriations

APLU staff closely track and examine federal agency and program budgets of relevance to the higher education and scientific research community as well as follow the Congressional appropriations process through both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. APLU works with our members to advocate for federal support of a variety of programs such as student financial aid, science and research, and STEM education.

The White House released a 150-page budget request to Congress on March 11, 2019. The President’s Budget Request (PBR), titled, A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First, includes significant cuts to and elimination of a number of higher education and research programs. Click here to view a brief analysis of the FY2020 PBR.

In reaction to the proposal, APLU President Peter McPherson released a statement stating, “Simply put, this budget proposal is misguided and turns its back on many programs and initiatives that are key to the future success of our nation.”

APLU’s Appropriations Priorities Chart is available through the following link:

FY2020 Appropriations Priorities Summary Chart

APLU also provides narrative justification documents for each request funding level. Find the respective FY2020 narratives by clicking the following links: 

Click here to view appropriations information for previous years