U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who participated in the meetings, said in a statement the Trump administration will look for ways to help HBCUs. - From Atlanta Journal Constitution
The presidents and chancellors of most of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities, including some from Atlanta, met late Monday with President Donald Trump and some of his top officials to urge them to offer financial support that will help their schools succeed and graduate more students.
The wish list included more money in Pell grants, which gives financial aid to low-income college students, greater federal investment in HBCU academic programs and more support that will help students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math.
Many educators have complained about Pell grant cuts made during the Obama administration.
The UNCF wrote a report in December that outlined 10 ways it believes Trump can help HBCUs, such as offering more tax credits to low-income families and including the schools in Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan.
Trump, who had little support from black voters skeptical of him in November’s election, has been trying to improve his standing through praise of HBCUs along with meetings with some African-American entertainers and community activists.