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State Representative Harold Love photographed at the TSU College of Agriculture, September 2021.

State Representative Harold Love photographed at the TSU College of Agriculture, September 2021.

Photographer: Joseph Ross for Bloomberg Businessweek
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Chronically Underfunded HBCUs Eye Scholarships in Biden Bill

Years of inattention by lawmakers meant a set of historically Black colleges missed out on hundreds of millions in state funding. Now, they are chasing other means of financial support.

The sprawling Build Back Better Act contains a provision that would be transformative for a set of historically Black colleges and universities: tens of millions of dollars in annual long-term funding for scholarships.

The fate of President Biden’s social spending bill remains uncertain. But the inclusion of these dollars in the legislation is a hopeful sign for lawmakers and college administrators who have been working to snare this recurring stream of public money for schools that were deprived for decades of other government dollars they were owed.