HBCUs in Arkansas Get $61M from American Rescue Plan

HBCUs in Arkansas Get $61M from American Rescue Plan
The Philander Smith College campus in Little Rock (Mauren Kennedy)

Historically Black colleges and universities in Arkansas have been awarded nearly $61 million in federal funds provided by the American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Department of Education announced March 7.

That amount is part of $2.7 billion in funds awarded to HBCUs across the nation, one of the largest sums of federal money ever given to those institutions. 

HBCUs in Arkansas received the following amounts:

  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff: $25,138,852
  • Shorter College: $13,019,110
  • Philander Smith College: $11,774,144
  • Arkansas Baptist College: $10,779,046

Schools are required to use half the money to provide direct financial relief to students, though the Department of Education expects more than half will be used for that purpose.