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Just a few months ago, Congress passed — and the president signed into law — a bipartisan budget agreement for 2016 and 2017. However, it now appears that Republicans in the House of Representatives want to abandon that agreement and implement their own, revised plan — complete with $1 trillion in spending cuts to non-defense programs and an estimated $200 billion in spending cuts for education and training (which includes student financial aid programs).

In past budget resolutions, we’ve seen three programs most likely to see reductions that have implications for low-income students and students of color:

Budgets are moral documents and outline policy priorities, and the proposed House budget signals that low-income students and students of color are being poorly prioritized. Significantly reducing these programs further squeezes low-income and underrepresented minority students out of higher education and saddles them with higher debt loads.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

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