On June 16, 2015, COE President, Maureen Hoyler released the following statement:
I am excited to report that today Congressman Tom Cole (R)(OK-4), Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (“LHHS”) Appropriations Subcommittee, released his FY 2016 LHHS bill. It includes a $60 million or 7.2% increase for TRIO, raising our appropriation from $840 million to $900 million. This bill will be voted on in Subcommittee tomorrow, Wednesday, June 17. Because the allocation made available to the Subcommittee is $3.7 billion less than last year’s funding levels, this increase is particularly noteworthy.
You will recall that since our 2015 Policy Seminar in March, COE has been pressing for a $65 million increase for TRIO. This amount would be sufficient to restore the 53,000 students lost to the program since 2010. This reaffirmation of support for TRIO students, staff, and programs is major step towards that goal. I would particularly like to thank every TRIO student, family member, alumni, staff member, and supporter whose advocacy resulted in this victory.