For Dicussion: Hampton University President Says Obama Is To Blame For HBCU’s Struggling Financially

- By Bossip Staff

The President of Hampton University recently had some choice words for Presdident Obama about the financial struggles of Historically Black Colleges and Universities since he’s been in office.

Hampton University President Blames President Obama For HBCU Financial Struggles

via Breaking Brown

The president of Hampton University was happy to be a part of the annual White House Initiative on HBCUs Conference, but he didn’t hold his tongue during the event. Dr. Harvey, who is also Chairman of the White House Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges, called out the Feds for drastically reducing financial support for HBCUs during the event.

HBCU Digest reports that Harvey blasted the Feds when he opened the annual conference. Here is an excerpt from his speech:

Despite this assertion, these are difficult times for our institutions, our students and their families. Federal support for HBCUs is showing an alarming downward trend, and our friends in Washington need to know that we are watching and counting. For examples, over the last several years, all of the major Title IV programs had modifications and adjustments which make it much harder for HBCUs to get funding. We all know of the Parent PLUS debacle as these loans to our students are down. Pell grants to Black students are down. Direct loans to our students are down. Graduate subsidies were eliminated. In addition to student support, overall support to Black colleges is down. All of these changes had a significant impact in terms of availability of funding for students. Now more than ever, we need to support our own institutions and let our voices be heard.

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