Obama budget cuts international education funding


International education programs will be cut, according President Obama’s budget for the 2014 fiscal year.

The budget said in the Chronicle of Higher Education the U.S. State Department has requested over $300 million for international education programs.  This cut is over $16 million less than from the budget in 2013.

While international education programs are being cut, the Obama administration is asking for an increase in Title VI funds.  This program, run by the U.S. Department of Education, supports universities to conduct research on various regions of the world and other foreign languages that are rarely taught. The program is receiving an increase of almost $7 million.

Many programs and scholarships for international programs will be cut.  This includes The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, which provides funds for undergraduates studying abroad who receive Pell Grants.  The program will take a $2 million cut.

Webster offers this scholarship to students and it is widely advertised for students studying abroad on Webster’s international campuses.

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