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May 28, 2020

HACU statement on President Biden’s FY 2022 Budget Proposal

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has issued a statement on President Biden’s FY 2022 Budget Proposal.

HACU applauds the Biden Administration’s FY 2022 budget recommendations that include funding increases in the U.S. Department of Education for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

The President’s FY 2022 budget request includes the following:

  • $236.7 million: Title V, Part A, Developing HSIs Program
  • $28.8 million: Title V, Part B, Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans
  • $296 million: Title III, Part F, Developing HSI STEM and Articulation Programs

The President’s budget also provides a down payment to double the Pell Grant by $3 billion to increase the maximum Pell Grant by $400. This increase is in addition to the $1,475 Pell Grant increase in the American Families Plan. The requests would ensure students who are DACA recipients are eligible for Pell Grants if they meet the standard requirements for that aid.

“HACU applauds the President’s budget enhancements for Hispanic-Serving Institutions, which remain severely underfunded,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “HACU will continue to advocate with Congress for equitable funding for these and other critical HSI programs as HSIs have continued to grow from 311 in 2010 to 569 in 2019.”

The President’s budget would also provide two years of subsidized tuition for students from families earning less than $125,000 enrolled at 4-year HSIs or other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The FY 22 request also includes increases in institutional capacity and student support at HSIs and other MSIs, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities  and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

“Federal funding for HSIs continues to lag behind in the higher education community. As we continue to rebuild our economy post-COVID-19, it is critical to increase HSI funding to meet America’s workforce development needs in the 21st Century,” added Flores.

About HACU
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, founded in 1986, represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Latin America, Spain and school districts throughout the U.S. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). The Association’s headquarters are located in San Antonio, Texas, with regional offices in Sacramento, California and Washington, D.C. This year, HACU celebrates its 35th Anniversary since its founding.

HACU Media Contact:
Norma Jean Revilla-Garcia
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
210-576-3206
njgarcia@hacu.net

Christopher de Hoyos
Assistant Director of Communications and Social Media
Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
210-576-3242
chris.dehoyos@hacu.net