Virginia’s new budget will require মনোন 10 million in state funding for unregistered students within two years and will invest in state aid for students at historically black colleges and universities. The Washington Post Report
Critics of the measure say it unnecessarily puts pressure on groups of students with high financial needs against each other at a time when the Commonwealth has a budget surplus. Defenders of the measure say it should be commended for instructing student financing in the lesser-known HBCU.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Yankin, who signed the budget Tuesday, proposed that half of the allocated funds go to Norfolk State University and Virginia State University, both public HBCUs for state funding. The remaining half will be used to support Virginia tuition support grants, state aid for students enrolled in private colleges and universities, and students attending private HBCUs. Allocations for students at these institutions will range from $ 5,000 to $ 7,500 per year.
The measure is part of a series of amendments proposed by Yonkin after negotiators in the State House and Senate reached an agreement on a two-year, $ 165 billion budget plan this month. HBCU passed the funding amendment in the Republican-controlled House and made it through the Senate with the support of two Democrats.