U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (Fl-05) recently joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress for the enrollment signing of H.R. 2486, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent Using Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act. The act allocates $255 million in annual funding for HBCUs, and other Minority-Serving Institutions, as well as simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by eliminating up to 22 questions and allowing the IRS to share applicants’ tax information directly with the U.S. Department of Education. It would also eliminate paperwork for federal student loan borrowers who use income-based repayment plans.
The president has signed the legislation that includes HBCUs in the federal 5-year STEM Education Plan.