Secretary DeVos Delivers Nearly $1.4 Billion in Additional CARES Act Relief Funds to HBCUs, Minority Serving Institutions, and Colleges and Universities Serving Low-Income Students

APRIL 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that nearly $1.4 billion in additional funding will be directed to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), as well as institutions serving low-income students to help ensure learning continues during the coronavirus national emergency. This funding is part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump less than five weeks ago.

“This Administration is committed to the success of HBCUs, Minority Serving Institutions, and the students they serve. Each institution is unique and is an important part of this country’s educational fabric,” said Secretary DeVos. “By providing additional support to these important institutions, we can help ensure they emerge from this crisis stronger than before. I encourage these institutions, like all others, to use these funds to provide emergency grants to students during this challenging time, and to expand remote learning programs and build IT capacity. These are challenging times, but if we take this opportunity to transform higher education to meet the demands of the 21st century, our nation’s students and higher education as a whole will be better for it.”

Institutions may use this funding to cover the cost of technology associated with a transition to distance education, grants to cover the costs of attendance for eligible students, and faculty and staff trainings. Additionally, funds may be used to cover operational costs, such as lost revenue, reimbursements for prior expenses, and payroll.

These additional funding allocations to MSIs, including HBCUs and TCCUs, and institutions eligible for the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) represent 7.5 percent of overall HEER funds, or around $1 billion. This funding is provided on top of the primary HEER Fund allocation announced earlier in April. HBCUs, for example, will collectively receive an additional $577 million through the awards announced today. That amount is on top of the $353 million amount that the Department allocated to HBCUs through the HEER Fund earlier in the month. TCCUs will receive over $50 million in this round of HEER funding, bringing the total allocation to TCCUs under the fund to $65 million.

The HEER Fund also sets aside 2.5 percent of the HEER Fund ($349 million) to address the greatest unmet needs related to the coronavirus, giving priority to schools that have not been allocated at least $500,000 from the fund. The Department is deploying these funds to ensure that every eligible public and private nonprofit institution will receive at least $500,000 in CARES Act relief funding.

In order to access these funds, eligible institutions must sign a Certification and Agreement certifying that they will use their allocations in accordance with the CARES Act and all other applicable federal law. Schools have until Aug. 1, 2020, to apply for the funds. The Certification and Agreement, a cover letter, and the HEER Fund allocation tables by institution are available on the Office of Postsecondary Education’s CARES Act website.

The Department has taken quick action to support higher education students from the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Colleges and universities were given immediate regulatory flexibility so students’ educations could continue online. Under the leadership of President Trump, the Department also provided student loan relief to tens of millions of borrowers by setting all federally held student loan interest rates to zero percent and allowing borrowers to defer payments for 60 days without interest. The CARES Act extends those benefits to six months. The Department also stopped all federal wage garnishments and collections actions for borrowers with federally held loans in default. Additionally, the Department made $6.2 billion available for emergency cash grants for higher education students, followed by $6.2 billion allocated to higher education institutions to ensure learning continues. The Department also disbursed $7 million to Gallaudet University and $13 million to Howard University in accordance with the CARES Act, which allocated this funding to help these unique institutions address the challenges associated with the coronavirus.

The Department continues to update www.ed.gov/coronavirus with information on COVID-19 for students, parents, educators and local leaders.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the following websites:
coronavirus.govcdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html, and usa.gov/coronavirus.

2020 HBCU Week Exhibitor Application Now Available

2020 NATIONAL HBCU WEEK CONFERENCE

SEPTEMBER 20-24, 2020| Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, Washington, DC

Exhibitor space will be limited. 

2020 HBCU Week Exhibitor Application

EXHIBIT OVERVIEW

Exhibiting at the conference provides an opportunity for a company, agency or organization to exhibit products, services and organizational opportunities.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Complete the Exhibitor Application in its entirety.
  2. Save the form using your organization’s name.
  3. Submit the form by email to oswhi-hbcu@ed.gov, Subject line: 2020 HBCU Week Conference Exhibitor Application no later than May 17, 2020.

Visit Exhibitor Information Page for additional details and eligibility.

HBCU Week: Federal Agency Meet and Greet

All registered conference attendees are invited to participate in the first annual Federal Agency Meet and Greet. The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Initiative) will host this networking event to provide attendees with the opportunity to meet members of the Federal Interagency Working Group (IWG). The IWG consists of over 30 federal agencies that have formal partnerships with the Initiative.


This event will allow attendees to build a professional support network for their institution by connecting with federal agencies and their staff who can provide guidance, intra-agency connections, updates on agency activities and technical assistance support. This event will also provide attendees with the opportunity for increased visibility with agencies they are excited to learn more about and aspire to work with.

We encourage you to use this occasion as an opportunity to get to know the federal community and what is has to offer!

*Conference Registration Required

Federal Cultural Funding Opportunities for HBCUs

Do you want to learn more about applying for federal arts/cultural/humanities grants or other funding opportunities for your university or research?

Will you be in Washington D.C. for the 2019 HBCU annual conference? Do you want to know more about applying for federal arts/cultural/humanities grants or other funding opportunities for your university or college?

Get the inside scoop straight from three federal agencies that offer grants, on how YOU can increase successful applications for funding opportunities.

Attend Dream It – Achieve It: Federal Cultural Funding Opportunities for HBCUs, a day-and-a-half workshop hosted by Arts and Humanities agencies.

WHEN: September 10: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM & September 11: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
WHERE: Meeting Room 16, Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St., NW, Washington, DC 20001

Workshop attendees are invited to attend an exclusive tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture – BEFORE the museum is open to the public!

At the workshop you will:

  • Learn about the various funding opportunities available within the arts/cultural/humanities sector at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Learn how to address challenges in obtaining funding in these fields.
  • Hear success stories of recent grant awardees.
  • Find out about career opportunities for students in arts and humanities majors.
  • Learn how to prepare successful grant applications during one on one question and answer session.

Register for this workshop when you register for your sessions at the conference!

HBCU Week Student Leadership Summit

Are you currently an enrolled student or recent graduate of a HBCU?

Join us at our student leadership summit as a student delegate participating in professional development, career area sessions, and career opportunities!

For more information contact Elyse Jones, elyse.jones@ed.gov or oswhi-hbcu@ed.gov 

HBCU Week 2019 Industry Day

Are you an HBCU and want to know how to win Federal
Government contracts?
National HBCU Week 2019 Industry Day
Event and Matchmaking Session
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Renaissance Hotel
Grand South
999 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC

 

Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National
Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of the Treasury for the
Inaugural HBCU Industry Day.

This is your opportunity to have in-person conversations with Federal and
industry leaders about potential contract opportunities!

All approved representatives of HBCU Sponsored Programs Offices,
Research, Title III, Grants Administration, or Governmental Affairs Divisions are encouraged to attend!

Join us for face-to-face conversations about procurement between HBCUs,
Federal Agencies, and Prime Contractors.

By participating in this event, you will obtain access to federal acquisition
and program officials as well as potential industry teaming partners.

To Register
Register to attend the 2019 HBCU Week Conference and Sign-up for HBCU Industry Day Event and Matchmaking when you select your sessions.

For More Information
Rachel K. Ramirez, nihsmallbusiness@mail.nih.gov
NIH Small Business Program Office

If you require reasonable accommodations, please send an email to the point of contact listed above.

 

Save the Date: 2019 HBCU Week Conference

2019 National HBCU Week Conference

Save the Date, 2019 HBCU Week Conference, Enhancing HBCU Competitiveness: Student Achievement, Quality Partnerships and Institutional Performance, September 8-10, 2019

White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

2019 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference

Enhancing HBCU Competitiveness: Student Achievement, Quality Partnerships and Institutional Performance

Registration

NOW OPEN

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Frequently Asked Questions

September 8-10, 2019

Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel

999 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Reserve your Hotel Room Now

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Online Registration is Required |Free Admission

General Registration Opens June 1, 2019

Questions?? Contact oswhi-hbcu@ed.gov

Thank You: 2018 HBCU Week Conference Attendees

HBCU Week LogoOn behalf of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, we wish to thank all the attendees, exhibitors, conference donors, presenters, guest speakers, volunteers, and many others for joining us at the 2018 HBCU Week Conference, HBCU Competitiveness: Aligning Institutional Missions with America’s Priorities.

View the recorded sessions here

Access available breakout session presentations here

View Official Photos here

Seats are filling up for the 2018 HBCU Week Conference

REGISTER NOW: 2018 HBCU WEEK CONFERENCE

 

2018 National HBCU Week Conference

HBCU COMPETITIVENESS: Aligning Institutional Missions with America’s Priorities

September 16-19, 2018

Washington Marriott Wardman Park | 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC

 

Seats will fill up fast, so those wishing to attend should register now.

 

The conference is open to all HBCU Presidents, Chancellors, senior administrators, HBCU students, sponsored programs professionals, student financial aid executives, higher education advocates, members of the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs, trustees, alumni, corporate, foundation and government officials and other professionals.

 

Free Admission | Online Registration is Required

This is the HBCU conference you don’t want to miss.

We hope to see you in September.

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

2018 Nomination Period::WHIHBCU Student Recognition

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)  Competitiveness Scholars

BACKGROUND

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) is excited to announce the launch of HBCU Competitiveness Scholars, a student recognition program designed to honor current HBCU students for their competitiveness, i.e., successfully preparing to compete for top opportunities that improve standards of living in their communities.

The term “competitiveness” embodies our nation’s best education and economic opportunities. The HBCU Competitiveness Scholars will help form the next generation of leaders who exhibit and champion HBCU excellence. The WHIHBCU will select Scholars for their

  • Academic Achievement: established classroom performance;
  • Civic and Campus Engagement: proven leadership to make a positive difference at their institutions and in their communities; and                  
  • Entrepreneurial Ethos: demonstrated character to pursue new opportunities, despite limited resources, i.e., the “go-getter” or competitive spirit.

For the specified academic school year, Scholars will serve as representatives of their respective institutions and communities to the WHIHBCU. The WHIHBCU will provide outreach and engagement opportunities for Scholars as well as information and resources to disseminate among their fellow students. Scholars will participate in regional events, webinars; and monthly web chats with the WHIHBCU staff and other professionals from a wide range of disciplines. Scholars also will have opportunities to engage with one another to showcase individual and collective talent across the HBCU spectrum.

To inform their experience, Scholars are expected to carefully assess their personal and career aspirations, as well as the needs of their institutions and communities, to help determine the best ways the WHIHBCU and its partners might provide support. It is essential that the WHIHBCU engage the next generation of leaders who are expected to make meaningful contributions to society. Their growth and development are crucial to the success of our communities, our nation and our global competitiveness.

 

ALL NOMINATION FORMS MUST BE SENT TO: hbcuscholars@ed.gov no later than July 31, 2018


2018 WHIHBCU Competitiveness Scholars Nomination Form

WHIHBCU Competitiveness Scholars Information Sheet

If the WHIHBCU can be of assistance in the nomination process,

or if you have further questions, please contact us at oswhi-hbcu@ed.gov or by phone at (202) 453-5634.

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