Predominantly Black Institutions

Similar to HBCUs, these institutions are providing access to higher education for many low-income and first-generation Black students who may not have access to higher education otherwise. PBIs are mostly 2-year colleges offering associates degrees in the East, South, and Midwest. 

Incorporated in the Higher Education Act in 2008, Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) are defined as institutions that:

  • Serve at least 1,000 undergraduate students;
  • Have at least 50% low-income or first-generation degree-seeking undergraduate enrollment;
  • Have a low per full-time undergraduate student expenditure in comparison with other institutions offering similar instruction; and,
  • Enroll at least 40% African-American students.

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