Press Release

If signed into law, the FUTURE Act would ensure continued federal funding for historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions

WASHINGTON (September 26, 2019) – Today, Wil Del Pilar, vice president of higher education at The Education Trust, issued the following statement:

“The reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) is of vital importance to millions of students who currently struggle to afford college, lack adequate supports while enrolled, and are underserved by a system that perpetuates racial inequity. Students need a federal policy overhaul that addresses these issues and acts to close racial and socioeconomic equity gaps, and they can’t afford to wait any longer.

“There are some positive developments in the bill introduced today, including streamlining and simplifying the FAFSA. We are pleased to see a repeal of the ban on Pell Grants for students in prison, but we urge a lifting of the ban that includes and protects all students. Senator Alexander and Senator Murray should work together on a bipartisan and comprehensive approach to improve this proposal.

“Additionally, while that process continues, the extension of mandatory funding for our nation’s HBCUs and MSIs should not be delayed. The Senate must take immediate action to renew that funding to prevent any disruption to students, and then move forward with a more expansive HEA bill drafting process.”