The U.S. Department of Education

As a result, the Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Program was authorized under Part B of Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Amendment of 1986, by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986, and by the Higher Education Technical Amendments Act of 1987. This is the basic structure of Title III today.                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
These grants are awarded based on a statutory formula to assist these institutions in establishing and strengthening their physical plants, academic resources and student services so they may continue to participate in fulfilling the goals of equality regarding education opportunity in undergraduate and/or graduate education. Southern University and A & M College's HBCU Programs began in 1987.

Leislation:

•Title III, Part B, Section 321-327 of the Higher Education Act, as amended
•Title III, Part F, Section 371 of the Higher Education Act, as amended

For more information, visit the U. S. Department of Education's website.