HACU Action Alert--November 11, 2004
HACU urges support for $100 million for Title V
Members of a Congressional Conference Committee likely will present a final vote on the Title V appropriation for FY 2005 before November 25, 2004, when the 108th Congress is expected to formally adjourn.
Although HSIs serve the largest concentrations of Hispanic higher education students, on average they continue to receive only about half the funding per student accorded to every other degree-granting institution.
An increase in the Title V appropriation to at least $100 million, supported by bipartisan leaders in the Senate, will be a positive step in helping to close this funding gap which unfairly impacts the country’s youngest and largest ethnic population.
The lesser $95.9 million appropriation proposed by the House and before the Conference Committee is a mere 1.9 percent increase over FY 2004 funding and, as such, would not account for the cost of inflation, nor accommodate the 10% increase last year alone in the number of HSIs, not to mention the growing Hispanic college-age population. This inadequate proposal would essentially widen the gap in funding support for HSIs.
We ask that the House and Senate Conference committee support the $100 million recommended by the Senate as a minimum appropriation for a population which comprises the fastest-growing sector of our
Please help make Hispanic higher education success a priority so that every member of our diverse American community can contribute the advanced knowledge and skills needed for a strong nation in a high-technology global economy.
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