Nearly 62 percent of all African American undergraduates received a Pell Grant in the 2011-12 academic year. For Whites, 33.5 percent of undergraduates that year were Pell Grant recipients. The average grant to Black students was $3,400.
In 2014, there were 4,090,000 African Americans under the age of 18 in the United States who were living in poverty. The percentage of Black children in poverty rose from 33.7 percent in 2013 to 37.1 percent in 2014.
In 1964, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation founded the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students entering college. After 51 years that program is ending and a new program will benefit only those students who graduate from predominantly Black colleges.
A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.
The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta has announced a new partnership with Intel Inc. in an effort to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue degrees in engineering and computer science.
Prohibited from using affirmative action in admissions, the University of Michigan is embarking on a new effort to seek out and recruit low-income students.
The new Apple Scholars program, operated in conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, will offer a one-year scholarship of up to $25,000 for 30 students at HBCUs and other predominantly Black colleges and universities.
Laura Marie Leary earned a bachelor’s degree at East Carolina University in 1966. A scholarship named in her honor will be awarded to students who are majoring in fields where minorities have traditionally been underrepresented.
All but one of the employees at the Edgewater campus was let go. Students transferred to other area colleges or to Sojourner-Douglass’ main campus in Baltimore. The college is facing a loss of its accreditation.
Darryl Scriven, professor of philosophy at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, has produced a new documentary film that aims to provide information so college students can limit student loan borrowing.
Stillman College, the historically Black educational institution in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has announced that the annual cost of tuition and room and board would be reduced from $22,500 to $17,500 beginning in the fall.
On September 30, 2014, Javaughntay Burroughs, a sophomore honor roll student at Fern Creek High School in Louisville, Kentucky, was hit by an errant bullet while walking to his fifth-period class.
The average debt level of college graduates in 2013 was $28,400. But some HBCUs are among the schools where students have the lowest average debt and some are among the schools with the highest debt level for graduating students.
In an effort to boost enrollments, Alcorn State University in Mississippi has abolished its dual tuition schedule. Now all students who enroll at the historically Black university will pay the same price, regardless of their state of residence.
A widening racial wealth gap impedes the ability of Black families to pay for the college education of their children and grandchildren. Since the Great Recession, the racial wealth gap has expanded significantly.
Princeton will expand its partnership with Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America and enhance its Freshman Scholars Institute, a summer bridge program for low-income students who plan to major in STEM disciplines.
Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, estimates that since 2011, 28,000 students at the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities were negatively impacted by the Education Department decision to tighten credit standards.
Blacks make up a disproportionate percentage of students at for-profit schools and only 20 percent complete their degree programs. Many take on large amounts of debt that they can’t easily repay.
According to the Gallup survey, only 22 percent of Black students who graduated college in the 2000-to-2014 period did so without any student loan debt. Half of all Black students who earned their degree in the period had student loan debt of more than $25,000.
The alliance of 11 large public research universities says that it will test and disseminate proven innovations in education so college and universities across the country can be more successful in retaining and graduating all students, including those from low-income families.
The War Eagle Society, a group of Black alumni and faculty at Auburn University in Alabama, has established the War Eagle Society Endowment for PLUS Scholarships.
Dr. Joan J. Boyd, professor emerita at Youngstown State University in Ohio, and her husband have established a scholarship fund at the university for underrepresented minority students interested in pursuing a career in health, medicine, or clinical laboratory science.
The grant will consist of $18.5 million that will be earmarked for 3,000 merit-based scholarships for African American undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students and $6.5 million to support the United Negro College Fund and its member institutions.
Using a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 24 minority students at the University of Iowa will receive $40,000 scholarships over the next three years. The university will provide an additional $10,000 to the 24 students.
This year, 59 Truman scholars were selected from 655 candidates nominated by 294 colleges and universities. Of this year’s 59 Truman Scholars, it appears that nine are African Americans.
Under the agreement, one Ron Brown Scholar will receive a full tuition scholarship and a $10,000 stipend to enroll in the 10-month master in management program at Wake Forest.
Many scholarship programs nationwide have minimum test score requirements that, while not discriminatory on their face, have the effect of disproportionately excluding large percentages of Black and other minority students.
Enrolling more out-of-state students can help state universities financially. Tuition at North Carolina A&T State University for students from outside of North Carolina is about triple that paid by in-state students.
According to data on students who earned doctoral degrees in 2012, nearly 40 percent of African American doctoral recipients funded their education through their own resources compared to 21 percent of Whites.
Blacks who earned doctorates in 2012 had an average of $54,132 in debt from educational loans. Whites who earned doctorates had average educational debts of $25,992.
Arkansas Baptist College, the historically Black educational institution in Little Rock, has not been able to pay its faculty since November 1. The faculty is calling for the president to be fired.
When the University of Cincinnati’s only African American dean resigned his post, students protested the lack of diversity on campus. The university has taken some steps to address the issue.
The People’s Republic of China will award 1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students at historically Black colleges and universities to study in China for periods ranging from three months to two years.
Chancellor Deborah Saunders-White has proposed that NCCU tryout a performance-based Pell Grant system where students would be given an incentive to complete their education in four years.
Sheila C. Johnson, the CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, has pledged to donate $5 million over five years to create fellowships for students who are dedicated to improving the lives of African Americans.