As you heard the news last week, the Biden Administration has cut HBCU funding in the infrastructure bill. This news has frustrated a lot of HBCU Alums and Presidents. But the question moving forward is what is the next step?
The initial funding that HBCUs were set up to receive was $45 billion. This money was set up to be allocated for HBCUs within the $3.5 trillion infrastructure deal that congress is trying to pass. This was a big campaign go to when Biden talked to Black voters. But as usual, with the Democratic Party working to have this deal be bi-partisan, it has resulted in a decrease of funding for all HBCU Schools.
The colleges will receive the new total amount of $2 billion, which is not as significant as the promised $45 billion. Current HBCU Presidents are disappointed and have discussed the importance of losing that extra funding and its impact on the institutions they preside over.
Not only has the funding been cut, but the talks have changed to having the funds being allocated as a grant, which opens the door for some schools not getting as much funding and removing total control from Presidents getting the funds directly. It has become a significant issue that is not consistent with conversations the HBCU Presidents had in the past with the Biden administration.
So what’s next now is the big question? Since the administration has received so much negativity with this news last week, they may try to go back and add more funding to calm things down. But if that doesn’t happen, the Presidents will have to operate on whatever amount is given to them.
These presidents were depending on the $45 billion that was proposed and had some incredible ideas and plans to use with the funding. However, the reality of the situation is those plans will have to be deferred again.