Government Awards $228 Million To Black Colleges

WASHINGTON (September 18, 2012)—The U.S. Department of Education is awarding $228 million in grants to historically black colleges and universities in 19 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The schools can use the money to expand their campuses, acquire science equipment, develop counseling programs and train faculty.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the grants will enable historically black colleges to help students who grapple with financial challenges as they pursue post-secondary education.

Most of the schools receiving grants are in the South.

The largest grants will go to Florida A&M University in Tallahassee; Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La.; Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss.; and St. Philip's College in San Antonio, which will each receive more than $5 million.

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