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Title III Part B, Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program

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The HBCU Title III, Part B Program is authorized by Title III, Section 322 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), and the Code of Federal Regulations (34 CFR 608); and the Part F Program is authorized by Title III, Section 371 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). Mandatory funding for the program is provided under the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), a part of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, (Pub. L 111-152).

The HBCU – Parts B and F are discretionary grants that provide formula based awards to institutions of higher education that must be legally designated as a Title III eligible historically Black colleges and universities to apply for funding. In order to receive continuation funding, institutions must submit statutory required data for program staff to calculate award amounts as well as maintain their accreditation.

FY 2015

Discretionary funding:
Number of continuation awards: 97
Average continuation award: $2,346,124
Total continuation award funding: $227,574,000

Mandatory funding:
Number of new awards: 97
Average new award: $812,320
Total new award funding: $78,795,000

Total award funding: $306,369,000
Discretionary (Section 323): $227,574,000
Mandatory (Section 371): $78,795,000
Total number of awards: 194

FY 2014

Discretionary funding:
Number of continuation awards: 97
Average continuation award: $2,307,041
Total continuation award funding: $223,783,000

Mandatory funding:
Number of continuation awards: 97
Average continuation award: $813,196
Total new continuation funding: $78,880,000

Total award funding: $302,663,000
Discretionary (Section 323): $223,783,000
Mandatory (Section 371): $$78,880,000
Total number of awards: 194

FY 2013

Discretionary funding:
Number of continuation awards: 97
Average continuation award: $2,227,377
Total continuation award funding: $216,055,564

Mandatory funding:
Number of continuation awards: 97
Average continuation award: $831,598
Total new continuation funding: $80,665,000

Total award funding: $296,720,564
Discretionary (Section 323): $216,055,564
Mandatory (Section 371): $80,665,000
Total number of awards: 194

FY 2012

Discretionary funding:
Number of new awards: 97
Average new award: $2,350,312
Total new award funding: $227,980,301

Mandatory funding:
Number of continuation awards: 97
Average continuation award: $876,289
Total new continuation funding: $85,000,000

Total award funding: $312,980,301
Discretionary (Section 323): $227,980,301
Mandatory (Section 371): $85,000,000
Total number of awards: 194

FY 2011

The Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, P.L. 112-10, was passed by Congress on April 15, 2011. It provides funding for the Department of Education for the remainder of Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. The FY 2011 appropriation for the HBCU Program is $236,991,068, a reduction of $29,594,932 from the FY 2010 level. Please note that individual award sizes are not based solely on Congressional appropriations. Institutional data (also referred to as Phase I Data) are also used to calculate individual award sizes; variance in annual award size is attributed to both factors. In addition, mandatory funding of $85 million, appropriated by the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), will support continuation awards in the mandatory HBCU Program in FY 2011. More information...

FY 2010

Discretionary funding:
Number of continuation awards: 96
Average continuation award: $2,767,000
Total continuation award funding: $265,624,000

Mandatory funding:
Number of new awards: 96
Average new award: $885,000
Total new award funding: $85,000,000
Number of continuation awards: 0
Average continuation award: 0
Total new continuation funding: 0

Total award funding: $350,624,000
Discretionary (Section 323): $265,624,000
Mandatory (Section 371): $85,000,000
Total number of awards: 192

FY 2009

Discretionary funding:
Number of continuation awards: 96
Average continuation award: $2,480,000
Total continuation award funding: $238,095,000

Mandatory funding:
Number of new awards: 0
Average new award: 0
Total new award funding: 0
Number of continuation awards: 96
Average continuation award: $885,000
Total continuation award funding: $85,000,000

Total award funding: $323,095,000
Discretionary (Section 323): $238,095,000
Mandatory (Section 371): $85,000,000
Total number of awards: 192

FY 2008

Discretionary funding:
Number of continuation awards: 96
Average continuation award: $2,480,000
Total continuation award funding: $238,095,000

Mandatory funding (CCRAA):
Number of new awards: 96
Average new award: $885,000
Total new award funding: $85,000,000
Number of continuation awards: 0
Average continuation award: 0
Total continuation award funding: 0

Total award funding: $323,095,000
Discretionary (Section 323): $238,095,000
Mandatory (Section 371): $85,000,000
Total number of awards: 192

FY 2007

Number of new awards: 97
Average new award: $2,455,000
Total new award funding: $238,095,000

Number of continuation awards: 0

FY 2006

Appropriation: $238,095,000
Number of new awards: 0
Number of continuation awards: 97 HBCUs; 18 HBGIs
Average continuation award: $2,454,587 for HBCUs; $3,217,500 for HBGIs
Range of continuation awards: $500,000–$5,000,000 for HBCUs; $1,000,000–$12,000,000 for HBGIs

FY 2005

Appropriation: $238,576,000
Average award: $2,459,546

FY 2004

Appropriation: $275,863,744

FY 2003

Appropriation: $214,015,000

FY 2002

Appropriation: $206,000,000

FY 2001

Appropriation: $185,000,000

Note: Funds are appropriated separately for Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Strengthening Historically Black Graduate Institutions. In FY 2006, HBCUs received $238,095,000 and HBGIs received $57,915,000.

Note: This is a noncompetitive discretionary grant program -- grants are distributed by formula to eligible institutions. The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.

Title III, Part B of the Higher Education Act also includes the Strengthening Historically Black Graduate Institutions Program.

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