USED & White House
President Submits Budget Proposal to Congress
2024 Proposed White House Budget

On Thursday President Biden submitted a budget proposal to Congress.  The proposal would include an increase of 13.6 percent to spending at the U.S. Department of Education, for a total of $90 billion.


Among the priorities outlined in the document are a grant program that would “lay the groundwork” for free community college nationwide through two-year scholarships and a $500 million demonstration grant to expand free preschool to children in Title-I eligible school attendance areas.  The proposal would also provide $15 billion over 10 years to support expansion of the Community Eligibility Program, an increase to the maximum Pell grant by $820, and a 27% increase in the operation budget of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education -- a request that drew criticism from top Senate education Committee Republican Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who suggested funds would be used “to promote biological males competing in female sports."  And the administration has renewed its ask for $200 million for a Career Connected High Schools dual-enrollment initiative.


But changes in funding are not always spread equally throughout programs or even within Titles – for example, National leadership activities under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) would see their funding double under this program, while State grants would stay stagnant.
In a nod to Republicans in Congress who have called for reducing the rate of spending, the proposal also suggests $3 billion in deficit reduction.


Additional proposed funding levels are outlined in the table below (note that amounts proposed are in thousands of dollars.


Program FY 2023 Final FY 2024 President’s proposal Percent change v. FY 2022
Title I $19,088 $20,536 11.69%
Title II $2,190 $2,190 --
21st Century $1,330 $1,330 --
Title IV-A/SSAE $1,380 $1,405 1.81%
IDEA Part B $14,194 $16,259 14.55%
CTE State Grants $1,430 $1,473 3.04%
AEFLA $729 $759 4.11%
CCDBG $8,021 $9,000 12.2%

About the Author

Julia Martin is an attorney with the Washington, DC law firm The Bruman Group, PLLC. Established in 1980, the Firm is nationally recognized for its federal education regulatory and legislative practice, providing legal advice regarding compliance with all major federal education programs as well as the federal grants management requirements, including the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). In addition, they work with agencies on federal spending flexibility, allowability, policies and procedures, audit defense and resolution and legislative updates. The Firm provides government relations services for the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA).