title iii

The Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and University Program, referred to as Title III, is funded under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended.  The Higher Education Act was legislation signed into United States law on November 8, 1965 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society agenda to provide financial assistance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and assist these institutions in establishing and strengthening their physical plants, academic resources, fiscal management, and endowments, so that they may continue to participate in fulfilling the goal of equality of educational opportunity.  Moreover, the Title III Program assists institutions like Cheyney University of Pennsylvania in funding developmental activities that support Cheyney’s mission and vision.

Title III Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) funds are allocated when a minority serving institution of higher education makes an application to the Department of Education, and the budget is approved.

Funds are allocated by a formula that is based upon the number of Pell Grant recipients at the institution; the number of bachelor degree recipients of the institution; and the number of students who graduated from the institution and have been admitted to and are in attendance at a graduate or professional school.  Currently, there are approximately 106 HBCUs and countless students benefitting from Title III federal funding.

Cheyney receives federal funding for its undergraduate programs from two Title III funding streams:

Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program – Part B

SAFRA - On September 17, 2009 The House of Representatives passed H.R. 3221 “The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009” (SAFRA) which amends HEA, Title III, Part F to annually provide $255 million in mandatory funding for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs) for FY 2010 through FY 2019.

*When awarded funds are not obligated and/or spent timely in accordance to grant specifications, the Department of Education may, with prior notification to grant recipients, reduce subsequent funding amounts in line with the university’s demonstrated funds usage. Site visits may be made by representatives of the Department of Education to review and monitor program accomplishments and provide technical assistance as deemed necessary.


Contact Information 

Mae Stephens
Director, Title III/Grants Administration
Harris-Turner Annex, Room 23
Office Hours
8:30 am - 5 pm