What we know about Trump on higher ed

A roundup of his proposals and comments

Kristin Tyndall, EAB Daily BriefingKristin Tyndall, editor

Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday. Here's what we know so far about his agenda for higher education.

He wants to cut the Education Department "way, way down"  as part of his goal to slim down the federal government broadly. Trump has accused the department of overreach and argued that education should be managed at the local level.

Trump supports income-based student loan repayment. He proposed a plan last month that appears more generous to borrowers, but experts say they can't be sure without more details.

He criticized the tax-exempt status of endowments and argued that a greater portion of endowment funds should go to financial aid for students.

Trump tweeted support for international students but position papers released by his campaign complicate the picture. For example, one paper said Trump supports raising wages for H-1B worker visas but he has criticized proposals to lift the cap on how many of these visas can be issued.

Trump criticized "tremendous bloat" among college administrations and higher ed regulation. He cited a well-known study that estimated Vanderbilt University spent about $150 million to comply with federal regulation in one fiscal year.

His party criticized how colleges handle sexual violence. Trump has not offered detailed statements on the issue, but the Republican platform argues cases should not be decided by colleges and accuses the Obama administration of distorting Title IX.

Read more: How Donald Trump might approach higher ed as president


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