Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are indispensable institutions of higher education for America. Founded during an era of racial discrimination and segregation, HBCUs were the only points of entry into higher education for the vast majority of African-Americans. While the nation has made substantial progress over the succeeding decades, HBCUs continue to outperform other institutions in graduating African-Americans. They serve as a critical pipeline into the American dream for many minority students. Despite their enormous importance to the nation, HBCUs have long been denied the full resources needed to serve disproportionately disadvantaged populations. As the Congress and the administration embark on their plans to fund fiscal year 2018, AASCU will continue to advocate for expanding federal assistance to our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


The American Association of State Colleges and Universities(AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities, and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. These are institutions Delivering America’s Promise of Opportunities for All.