President's 2018 Budget

Statement on President Trump’s Education Budget for FY 2018

May 24, 2017

“President Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget disinvests in education along the entire continuum, cutting $8 billion in federal support for preschoolers, students in elementary school, children who use afterschool programs, high schoolers seeking preparation for the workforce, adult learners, teachers and school leaders, schools and institutions, and low-income Americans who rely on federal aid to go to college. The President’s budget also eliminates important funding for education-related services including libraries and museums. On top of these discretionary spending cuts, the budget reduces student loans by an additional $143 billion over ten years.

“The size and scope of the President’s cuts to federal education funding are devastating.  Investments in education account for only about 2 percent of the federal budget, but the President’s budget reduces that share to less than 1.8 percent. These drastic cuts to education will weaken student achievement, worsen the opportunity gap, withdraw needed support that helps students graduate from high school ready for a career or for college, and make college less affordable and attainable.

“It will be an ongoing struggle to meet the nation’s needs under the constraints of the austerity-level sequester cap on nondefense discretionary (NDD) spending, never mind the even deeper cut the President imposes. Congress’s first step should be to eliminate the FY 2018 sequester cap for NDD, which is below the funding level Congress just provided for FY 2017.  Lifting the defense and NDD caps by equal amounts – maintaining the concept of parity between defense and NDD spending that has been in place since the sequester went into effect – will allow Congress to increase the federal education investment in order to maximize opportunities for students and their families, schools, and our nation.”

President’s 2018 Education Budget – CEF table for selected discretionary education programs, FY 2014-2018

Statement on Administration’s Proposed Cuts to 2017 Education Funding

March 30, 2017

“The President’s budget for fiscal year 2018 slashes the federal investment in education, but on top of those deep cuts the Administration is now asking Congress to reduce education funding by billions more in the current fiscal year.  The Committee for Education Funding opposes these cuts – $9 billion for the Department of Education for 2018 and $3 billion for 2017– that would hurt students of all ages, cutting support for teachers and school leaders as well as drastically reducing the amount of student grant aid that helps make a college education accessible to all.

“Investments in education strengthen our nation by creating a well-educated population prepared to compete in a rapidly changing world, yet education funding accounts for only 2 percent of the federal budget.  In fact, education funding has already been cut, and is now below the 2010 funding, excluding Pell grants; it should not be further cut.

“Schools and students are counting on continued federal education investments to ensure access to high quality education from pre-school to higher education, to fill gaps where local and state funding is insufficient or where new priorities and needs arise, and to help with the costs of required educational services, such as special education.”

CEF statement on the President’s proposed cuts to federal education investments

March 16, 2017

“We should be investing in education, not cutting federal support”

Washington, DC – Sheryl V. Cohen, Executive Director of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), issued the following statement on the President’s education budget request for fiscal year 2018. CEF, the nation’s oldest and largest education coalition, is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that reflects the broad spectrum of the education community from early childhood education, elementary and secondary education, and higher education, to adult and workforce education including students, teachers and faculty, parents, administrators, specialized instructional support personnel, librarians, other school personnel, and school board members.

“The President’s budget slashes federal investments in education by $9 billion (13 percent), hurting students in the short term and slowing the nation’s economic growth in the long term. Fiscal constraints require investments that show great returns – and investing in education does just that by helping students learn and succeed, creating a future workforce that is globally competitive, and lowering the costs to society that occur when we fail to adequately educate and create opportunity for all our children.”

“Education funding is already low – Congress has eliminated 50 education programs since 2010, and federal education spending is now below the 2010 level excluding Pell grants. In fact, we spend only two cents of every federal dollar on education even though we know education investments pay dividends.”

“The President’s budget should continue the government’s efforts to ensure all students have access to high-quality public schools and affordable higher education. The budget should increase federal investments in education, which boost the economy, help students, and make the nation stronger.”

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