U.S. Senate passes amendment to permanently fund HBCUs, universities react
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – College officials are calling a bill passed by the United States Senate Thursday a huge win fin for HBCUs across the county. The bipartisan deal would permanently restore $255 million in funding to historically black colleges and universities and other schools that serve large shares of minority students. The legislation would also simplify the federal form used to apply for student financial aid. Previous legislation promised to provide this funding every year, but it expired at the end of September after the Senate failed to renew it. And although the amended bill still has to go before the house– we’re told this recent move is a game-changer for HBCUs across Delmarva.
“Because this bill had expired there was fear that we weren’t going to be able to get this renewed and as they were making the budget for the next year. Here, there was worry that they were going to have to cut some positions. Now we’ve got this permanent funding. $4.2 million for HBCUs, for teachers, professors, research, and programs,” said Government Relations Director for the University Of Maryland Eastern Shore, Jim Mathias.
Delaware Senator Chris Coons, who’s one of many local senators who backed this bill said, “HBCUs are among our nation’s most important and cherished institutions, and I’m proud that we were able to reach a bipartisan agreement to permanently provide them with the federal funding they deserve.”