Federal Education Programs of Interest to Psychology: Past and Current Appropriations Levels — February 2010

Congress completed action on the Fiscal Year 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies bill with House passage of the conference report on Dec. 10, 2009 and Senate passage on Dec. 13, 2009. This important legislation that funds most federal heath and education related programs was finalized as part of a consolidated appropriations bill that included funding for the Labor, HHS and Education programs, as well as Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Justice, Science, Financial Services, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and State/ Foreign Operations. HR 3288 was signed into law by the President on Dec. 16, and became P.L. 111-117.

Below are education programs of general interest to the members of the American Psychological Association.

Program FY '09 FY '10 FY '11 Presidents Budget Request

Program Descriptions**

Work Study $980.5 million $980.5 million $980.5 million Campus-based program that provides grants to institutions of higher education to pay wages for needy undergraduate and graduate students working part-time to help pay for college costs
Teacher Quality $50 million $43 million 0*
*Consolidated into the Teacher and Leader Pathways program
Competitive grant program to institutions of higher education and states for pre-service teacher education
Pell Grant Program/
Maximum Grant Amount
$28.3 billion/$5,350
$31.8 billion/ $5,550
$34.9 billion/$5,710
Need-based financial grant program designed to provide access to postsecondary education by providing aid to low and middle income undergraduate students
GAANN/ Javits $31/ $9.7 million $31/ $9.7million $31/$9.7 million The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need program provides fellowships in areas of national need to academic departments of institions of higher education to assist graduate students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course of study.
The Javits program provides financial assistance to students who have demonstrated superior academic ability and achievement, exceptional promise, and financial need to undertake graduate study leading to a doctoral degree or a master's degree in which the master's degree is the terminal, highest degree in the selected field of study of the arts, humanities and social sciences.
TRIO/GEAR UP $848.1/$313.2 million $853.1/$323.1million $853.1/$323.2 million TRIO and GEAR UP provide student support services to low-income, first-generation, disadvantaged individuals to help them enter and complete postsecondary study.
IES $867.2.7 million $659 million $738.8 million The Institute of Education Sciences supports research, evaluation and statistics to provide solutions to challenges faced by schools.
IES - Regional Labs $67.6 million $70.7 million $69.7 million Provide support for 5-year contracts to establish a networked system of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories to carry out applied research, development, dissemination and technical assistance activities. Eligible applicants include research organizations, institutions, agencies, institutions of higher education, or partnerships or individuals.
IES - Research $167.2million $200.2 million $260.7 million This program supports rigorous research that contributes to the solution of significant education problems in the United States.
IES - Research in Special Ed $70.6 million $71.1 million $71.1 million This program supports a comprehensive research program to promote the highest quality and rigor in research on special education and related services, and to address the full range of issues facing children with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, school personnel and others.
Elementary and Secondary School Counseling
$52 million $55 million 0*
*This program is proposed to be combined into a new Successful, Safe and Healthy Schools program.
This program provides competitive grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to help develop promising and innovative approaches for initiating or expanding elementary and secondary school counseling programs.
Mental Health Integration $5.9 million $5.9 million 0*
This program is proposed to be folded into a Successful, Safe and Healthy Schools program.
This program provides grants to State Educational Agencies (SEAs), LEAs and Indian tribes to increase student access to quality mental health care by developing innovative programs that link school systems with local mental health systems.
Gifted and Talented $7.5 million $7.5 million

*This program is proposed to be included in the College Pathways and Accelerated Learning program.

The purpose of this program is to carry out a coordinated program of scientifically based research, demonstration projects, innovative strategies and similar activities designed to build and enhance the ability of elementary and secondary schools to meet the special educational needs of gifted and talented students.
Safe and Drug Free State/National $294.8/$220.2 million $0/$224.1 million 0/0*
*These programs are proposed to be included in the Safe, Successful and Healthy Schools program.
These programs provide financial assistance for drug and violence prevention activities and activities that promote the health and well-being of students in elementary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher education. Activities may be carried out by SEAs and LEAs, and by other public or nonprofit organizations.
Alcohol Abuse Reduction Program
$33.3 million $32.7 million 0*
This program is proposed to be included in the Safe, Successful and Healthy Schools program.
This program enables LEAs to develop and implement innovative and effective programs to reduce alcohol abuse in secondary schools. Up to 25 percent of funding may be reserved for grants to low-income and rural LEAs.
Title I
$14.5 billion $14.5 billion 14.5 billion*
*proposed name change to College and Career Ready students
This program provides formula-based supplemental funds for educationally disadvantaged students, particularly those attending schools in high poverty areas.
IDEA $12.6 billion $12.3 billion $12.6 billion This formula program supports educational and early interventions for children with disabilities, paying for the excess cost of providing special education and related services to children with disabilities.
IDEA - Personnel Prep $90.7 million $90.7 million $90.7 million This program provides support to train personnel with the skills and knowledge necessary to help children with disabilities succeed educationally.
Early Reading First Program/Striving Readers
$112.5 million/33.3 million $112.5 million /250 million 0/0*
The purposes of these programs will be rolled into the Effective Teaching and Learning: Literacy Authority.
Early Reading First supports enhancing early reading skills in preschool programs. Striving Readers seeks to raise middle and high school students’ literacy levels in Title I-eligible schools with significant numbers of students reading below grade-levels as well as build a strong, scientific research base for strategies that improve adolescent literacy instruction.
School Improvement Grants $545.6 million $545.6 million $900 million*
*This program would now be called the School Turnaround Grants.


The Title I School Improvement Grants provide states and districts funding to leverage change and turn around schools. Funds may be used for a range of interventions, including restructuring Title I schools that fail to make adequate yearly progress for five years.
21st Century
Community Learning Centers

$1.13 billion $1.17 billion $1.17 billion This program helps communities establish or expand community learning centers that provide extended learning opportunities for students and related services for their families.
Even Start $66.5 million $66.5 million 0*
*Similar concepts are included in the new Effective Teaching and Learning: Literacy program.
This program improves educational opportunities by integrating early childhood education, adult education and parenting education into “family literacy” programs.

**Program descriptions taken primarily from the Department of education website.