Sponsored Programs Title III-SAFRA


The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) embraces the president’s challenge to produce the most college graduates by 2020.  SAFRA makes the single largest investment in federal student aid ever.

SAFRA funds are awarded through the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Program of the Department of Education for a ten year period beginning October 2010.  Title III, Part F of the Higher Education Act of 1065, as amended, provides an additional $85 million annually until fiscal year 2019 for the Title III, Part B HBCU program. These mandatory (SAFRA) funds are added to monies appropriated in a regular or supplemental grant awarded under the Title III, Part B Strengthening HBCU Program.

Recipients of HBCU and SAFRA funds must comply with conditions of Public Law 105, Sec. 508.

Allowable activities:

  • Purchase, rental or lease of scientific or laboratory equipment for educational purposes, including instructional or research purposes.
  • Construction, maintenance, renovation, and improvement in classroom, library, laboratory and other instructional facilities, including purchase or rental of telecommunications technology equipment or services.
  • Academic instruction in disciplines in which Black Americans are underrepresented.
  • Purchase of library books, periodicals, microfilm, and other educational materials, including telecommunications program materials;
  • Establishing or enhancing a program of teacher education designed to qualify students to teach in a public elementary or secondary school in the State that shall include, as part of such program, preparation for teacher certification.
  • Other activities, consistent with the institution’s comprehensive plan and designed to increase the institutions capacity to prepare students for careers in the physical or natural sciences, mathematics, computer science or information technology or sciences, engineering, language instruction in the less-commonly taught languages or international affairs, or nursing or allied health professions.

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