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September 16, 2019

HACU joins ACE in support of FUTURE Act ahead of Tuesday’s vote in the House

Click here to urge Congress to pass the FUTURE Act before the MSI programs’ authority expires on Sept. 30

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities joins the American Council on Education and members of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat in urging Congress to pass H.R. 2486, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act when it comes up for a vote tomorrow in the U.S. House of Representatives.

If passed, the FUTURE Act will extend for two additional years the mandatory portion of Title III funding (Title III, Part F), currently set to expire on Sept. 30, 2019.

For the past decade Title III, Part F of the Higher Education Act has played a vital role in enhancing the STEM pipeline at Hispanic-Serving Institutions and expanding institutional capacity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Predominantly Black Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions.

HSIs account for 15 percent of institutions of higher education yet produce 40 percent of STEM bachelor’s degrees earned by Hispanic students. As the nation becomes increasingly diverse and the number of our HSIs and emerging HSIs continues to grow, critical federal funding for these schools is more important than ever to ensure that we prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs.

Congress needs to pass the FUTURE Act before the program’s authority expires in only two weeks. For a copy of the joint letter sent to Congress, click here.

Take Action. Click here to urge Congress to pass the FUTURE Act before the MSI programs’ authority expires at the end of the month.