Victory! Congress votes to guarantee funding for HBCUs and MSIs

The bipartisan FUTURE Act heads to President Trump to be signed into law after passing the House by a vote of 319-96 and the Senate by voice vote. The bill permanently reauthorizes and provides $255 million in annual mandatory funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The FUTURE Act also takes steps to streamline the financial aid process, including simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and eliminating unnecessary paperwork for federal student loan borrowers on income-driven repayment plans.

15 responses to “Victory! Congress votes to guarantee funding for HBCUs and MSIs

  1. At it’s heart this is pure racism. The notion that it benefits us or that we really really need it does not make it less so.

    1. Did you say it’s “pure racism”?? I mean, did you actually think before you made that statement? Or do you even know what the word “racism” means? The primary dogma of racism is the notion that one’s race is superior to other races. However, the genesis of this Act was not based on the idea that blacks are superior to whites, or to people of other races, but the fact that blacks are equal to whites and others, and should be treat as such. On the contrary, it is racism that generated the need for Affirmative Action-type Acts, such as these. For if it were not for white racism, there would have been no need for HBCUs, in the first place. The fact is, if I hate you because of your race, and there’s no law that forces me to accept you in my institution, you will never set your feet through those doors. Also, likewise, you would never get any kind of help from me, if there’s nothing that compels me to do so. That is racism.

  2. I think once everyone begins to understand we are one race (the human race) , then any Bill passed now a days is pointless. Start passing “good for all human being bills”. If it’s a good Bill to begin with, it should not matter what race it’s for. It will automatically benefit people. AND that’s how you bring a country together. Stop itemizing it’s annoying to me.

  3. I am a retired college professor who has taught at both so-called “regular” institutions and also at an HBCU in Tennessee. The students at these schools are intellectually equal, some brilliant hard-working scholars, and some just there because their parents want them to be. It doesn’t matter where students go to study, they need support, funding, and help. An educated populace is a strong, voting group of people who can work and make a life for themselves. Perhaps in the coming years, as racism declines, there will cease to be a need for HBCUs, but until then, we need to support them.

  4. Another form of racism and should not be passed. Historically Black Colleges should be
    a thing of history. All colleges are open to anyone today.

  5. The Act provides $225million. There are over 100 HBCU’s. Annually ONLY 85 of the 225 goes to HBCU’s. Please do the math before sending Congratulary emails to Devos and Trump.

    1. Absolutely correct, and for those who think equality starts now that Blacks (the backbone of this country) have limited opportunities at “all” schools, ask yourself “In order to promote that an African American student can attend “all” schools, just how slanted is the opportunity treadmill honed by 400 years of slavery, 155 more years of oppression via disenfranchisement, lynching, Jim Crow, segregation, redlining, destruction of community financial foundations, destruction of Black farmers, labeling discrimination, limited health services, etc., etc., etc.? If you do the math on that, you’ll find out that the angle is exponentially negative.

  6. This is a form of racism and should not have passed. We should be marching in the streets against this program. Tax payers should not be on the hook for this racist action.

    1. This kind of action has been necessary because of the racism in so many “regular” institutions! Get rid of the racism in these institutions, and this would not be necessary.

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