Who May Apply: Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) that meet certain eligibility requirements
IHEs must meet both basic and program-specific eligibility requirements. All IHEs seeking funding under the PBI program must apply for Designation as an Eligible Institution for Title III and Title V Programs.
Refer to the Tips and Assistance section on the Eligibility page to find more information, the latest webinar schedule, and/or presentations regarding eligibility.
Additional eligibility requirements include:
Have an enrollment of needy students as defined by Title III, Part F, Section 371 of the HEA.
Have an average educational and general expenditure which is low, per full-time equivalent undergraduate student in comparison with the average educational and general expenditure per full-time equivalent undergraduate student of institutions of higher education that offer similar instruction, except that the Secretary may apply the waiver requirements described in Section 392(b) to this subparagraph in the same manner as the Secretary applies the waiver requirements to Section 312(b)(1)(B);
Have an enrollment of undergraduate students—
- that is at least 40 percent Black American students;
- that is at least 1,000 undergraduate students;
- of which not less than 50 percent of the undergraduate students enrolled at the institution are low-income individuals or first-generation college students (as that term is defined in Section 402A(g)); and
- of which not less than 50 percent of the undergraduate students are enrolled in an educational program leading to a bachelor’s or associate’s degree that the institution is licensed to award by the State in which the institution is located;
Is legally authorized to provide, and provides within the State, an educational program within the State, an educational program for which the institution of higher education awards a bachelor’s degree, or in the case of a junior or community college, an associate’s degree;
Is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered, or is, according to such an agency or association making reasonable progress toward accreditation; and
Is not receiving assistance under Part B of Title III.