The state of SC owes an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) money - a lot of money, according to a new report. According to an article published by The State, South Carolina State University, which is the only publicly-funded four-year HBCU in the state, "has been systematically underfunded for decades and is owed nearly $500 million" according to the Biden Administration.
According to the report, U.S. Superintendent of Education, Miguel Cardena, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, wrote a letter to SC Governor Henry McMaster asking him to make changes. The letter states, "The longstanding and ongoing underinvestment in South Carolina State University disadvantages the students, faculty, and community that the institution serves. It is our hope that we can work together to make this institution whole after decades of being underfunded". According to the article, the two based their claim on SC State being underfunded by "using data from National Center for Education Statistics" over the last 30 years".
SC State is not the only school to receive this letter, 15 other states received it as well including NC, GA, and FL. All in all, Cardena and Vilsack stated that HBCUs are owed around $13 billion.