January 2016 Government & Community Relations Update

FY 2016 spending measure approved, key investments in research and student aid

January 4, 2016
On December 18, President Obama gave final approval to a $1.1 trillion budget deal that will fund the federal budget through the end of FY 2016. The bill increases funding for all of the major research agencies, allows the Pell Grant maximum award to rise for the 2016-2017 school year, and makes permanent tax benefits valuable to higher education.
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UO responds to federal rule affecting education researchers

January 4, 2016
The University of Oregon joined others in the higher education community, edu-tech companies, and local business leaders in expressing concern about a new regulation proposed by the US Department of Education (DoEd). The regulation is part of the department’s #GoOpen campaign, meant to encourage use of openly licensed education materials.
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UO to participate in Higher Education Advocacy Day on February 11

January 4, 2016
On February 11, hundreds of Oregon students, faculty, and alumni will meet in Salem for Higher Education Advocacy Day at the Oregon Capitol. Last year, as a result of the efforts of UO advocates, Oregon’s funding for public universities increased for the first time in nearly a decade.
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Perkins Loan program extended

January 4, 2016
On December 18, President Barack Obama gave final approval to a bipartisan compromise to extend the Perkins loan program. The Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act of 2015 extends the program for two years, but also tightens eligibility criteria for the program.  
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