Federal Money for State Colleges
The traditional federal focus in higher education on supporting low-income students is being challenged on a number of fronts. In his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama suggested supplemental federal funding for community colleges, regardless of the income levels of the students they serve. Some federal legislators have suggested providing institutional aid to all public colleges, and some 2016 presidential candidates have made similar proposals.
Private non-profit colleges, public four-year, and public two-year colleges all have about the same percentage of Pell Grant students in their enrollments. All colleges serve a public mission, even if the independent sector does not get additional state support. The federal higher education investment must remain focused on low-income students, wherever they chose to attend