Bill gets final vote this week 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today secured $224 million for the nation’s 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as part of the bill that will fund the government for FY2014. The bill rolls back $8 million in previously scheduled cuts. Louisiana’s six HBCUs – Dillard University, Grambling State University, Southern University and A&M College, Southern University at New Orleans, Southern University at Shreveport and Xavier University of Louisiana – can apply for this funding to continue educating students, as they have done for nearly 150 years. The bill is anticipated to pass this week and then head to the President for his expected signature.

“Historically Black Colleges and Universities represent a valuable element of the American education system, and they have been cornerstones in our communities for decades and many Louisiana families have counted on them to gain the skills and education necessary for greater economic security. This funding will provide the financial support necessary for our HBCUs to continue providing quality and affordable higher education for all children. I look forward to continue working with Louisiana’s six HBCUs and fighting for funding for their continued growth to educate and develop the next generation of leaders in Louisiana,” said Sen. Landrieu.

Sen. Landrieu has long supported Louisiana’s HBCUs. Last year, Sen. Landrieu authored legislation to save HBCUs in Louisiana over $200 million with loan modification for loans received as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

For her commitment to HBCUs, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education awarded a Sen. Landrieu their Congressional Award.