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President Accepts a Higher Aid Cap

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Washington--The White House and Senate Republican leaders have agreed to a fiscal 1986 budget compromise that raises the family-income ceiling for eligibility for federal student aid to $60,000.

According to early reports, the budget compromise calls for the elimination of impact aid "B" payments, general revenue sharing, and cash subsidies for students from moderate- and upper-income families participating in the school-lunch program.

The new income cap for federal financial assistance to college and university students is the major new element of the budget package--a compromise that calls for a more modest increase in military spending and savings in Social Security payments.

The Administration had initially proposed a family income of $32,500 as the eligibility ceiling for federally subsidized loans.

The agreement would reportedly establish a limit for the total amount of federal aid a student could receive, though it would be higher than the $4,000 limit sought by the Administration.

As the Senate Budget Committee recommended, the major elementary- and secondary-education programs would be frozen--without allowing for inflation.

This compromise marks a key step in the long road to final Congressional approval of a budget for the year that begins Oct. 1.

The package, which the Republicans claim would save $52 million in fiscal 1986, is likely to reach the Senate floor later this month, after the Easter recess.--jh

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