Thurgood Marshall College Fund Urges All Presidential Candidates To Engage HBCU Stakeholders Prior To Rolling Out Higher Education Proposals

HBCU Leaders Discuss Clinton’s College Affordability Plan: “The New College Compact”

Washington, DC (August 12, 2015) – Today, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) participated in Hillary Clinton’s first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) stakeholder policy call to discuss her 10-year College Affordability Plan, The New College Compact, announced TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. TMCF commends Clinton for making higher education a campaign priority.

Clinton’s proposed strategies for tackling the costs of college, increasing the availability of grants and low-interest loans, and ensuring the federal government does not continue to profit on the backs of students who must take out loans to attend college are aligned with TMCF’s priorities. That being said,

“TMCF urges all presidential candidates to engage the HBCU community prior to rolling out their higher education policy proposals,” said Taylor. “Given that HBCUs have a track-record of educating students of color and students from resource-constrained families, a dialogue with HBCU stakeholders will ensure proposed plans include solutions for all college students.”

TMCF’s member-schools educate nearly 300,000 students – many from populations of social and economic disadvantages – who are attending the nation’s 47 publicly-supported HBCUs. TMCF leads on talent acquisition solutions for HBCU students – preparing them to compete globally for STEM, education, and technology careers. We remain at the forefront of issues on college affordability – seeking out and advocating for solutions that remove obstacles preventing under-served students from achieving their college dreams.

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About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)
TMCF is named for the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow. For more information on TMCF programs, visit tmcf.org.