Is Joe Biden's American Families Plan Good Enough for Black People? Black Judges, Lawyers, Undergrads, And More
On the 28th of April, President Joe Biden announced his American Families Plan and that it relies on principles that will be beneficial to our economic future and will be a very good investment for our kids and families. Now, let's discuss how beneficial these reforms may or may not be for the Black community.
Benefits for The Middle Class:
The American Families Plan claims to work to improve and expand the economic growth for all Americans, especially the middle class. It will provide at least four years of free education. This is supposed to make high-school education more easily accessible and will give educational resources to all three- and four-year-olds.
Americans will also receive two years of free community college; this also includes the students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities 2 (TCUs), Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions, and other educational institutes that serve minorities in the country.
Added Allowance Of $1,400 Will Be Provided to Low-Income Students by Increasing the Pell Grant Award:
This includes about 60% of the black community, half of American Indian or Alaska Native, about half of the Latino people, and more than 1/3 of Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander students.
This can be beneficial for us since low-income children and students in the black community can pursue education without being stopped by the shackles of unaffordability.
What role does the Pell Grant award have in this? Well, it is a reform almost 50 years old that had about 7 million students depending on it for their education and higher studies. Luckily, Joe Biden's American Families Plan claims to renew the Pell Grant award in a way where it will once again be super beneficial to all students in the country along with those who are part of minorities.
'Two Years of Subsidized Tuition and Expand Programs in High-Demand Fields at HBCUs, TCUs, and MSIs'
HBCUs, TCUs, and MSIs are supposed to help underrepresented students from minorities and other backgrounds to find a higher place among the country's economic growth.
About 80% of Black judges, 25% of Black undergraduates earning STEM degrees, and half of the Black doctors and lawyers graduate from HBCUs that are only 3% of four-year universities.
Sounds brilliant, doesn't it? Well, it still isn't enough. These institutions still don't have enough resources to prosper on a greater scale. With the American Families Plan, we hope that that will change.
To get more specific on the details, Biden is calling for:
- A new $39 billion program that will provide 2 years of subsidized tuition to students from families that earn less than $125,000 and who are enrolled in a four-year HBCU, TCU, or MSI.
- A $5 billion to expand existing institutional aid grants to HBCUs, TCUs, and MSIs; can be used to strengthen administrative, fiscal, and of course, academic resources and capabilities that the institutions need to prosper well.
These pointers will also make STEM, allied health, nursing, and computer sciences much easier to get access to and will create brilliant opportunities with potential for success for children and students in the Black community.ere ...