Advocates slam Trump plan to reduce aid for college students
May 24, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education advocates say President Donald Trump's budget contradicts his campaign pledge to make college more affordable with its proposed elimination of subsidized student loans and cuts in other programs that help students pay tuition.
The 2018 budget, unveiled Tuesday, slashes discretionary funding for the Education Department by 13.5 percent and overall funding by 46.9 percent.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement that it "reflects a series of tough choices we have had to make when assessing the best use of taxpayer money. It ensures funding for program...