Backed By the President’s Budget Requests, Congressional Appropriations Show No Concern For the Needs of Blacks and Low-Income College Students

Stinginess marked Congress' current appropriations for the needs of low-income students. The maximum Pell Grant award for the poor will remain at $4,050, the same level that has been in effect for the past three years. Also, government funding of other financial assistance programs for low-income or disadvantaged students will at best see token increases.

Government support for historically black colleges and universities shows slight increases and these increases do not come close to matching the rise in inflation. The appropriation to support Howard University will increase from $239 million to $240 million. Aid to other HBCUs will rise from $239 million to $241 million. Financial assistance to predominantly black graduate institutions will rise from $58 million to $58.5 million.

 

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