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UNCF HBCU Issues Guide

It’s not enough to vote; you need to be an informed voter.


With so much at stake and so many issues at the forefront, it’s important to ask questions of every candidate or campaign about the things that matter to you and the HBCU community. This guide provides information for the HBCU community and its supporters on issues critical to protecting and uplifting our institutions and the students we serve.

UNCF believes that the HBCU community should have access to prepared questions for presidential candidates when they visit HBCU campuses. Use this guide whenever you engage with candidates when they visit your community or campus, or speaking with you on social media. Ask the hard questions, and listen to their answers.

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Voting is the foundation stone for political action.

—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Valuable Resources


HBCUs Punching Above Their Weight makes a strong case for a powerful proposition: Given their small average size and a history of being under-resourced, the enrollment, degree and economic impacts of HBCUs on African Americans in their respective states are significantly greater than one would expect.


Fewer Resources, More Debt: Loan Debt Burdens Students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
This report examines the rates, amounts and distribution of student loan debt among HBCU students relative to their non-HBCU peers and offers analysis that focuses solely on undergraduates attending four-year public and private, non-profit institutions.


HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
The study, commissioned by UNCF’s Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, shows that the economic benefits of HBCUs extend beyond the students they educate. They’re equally important to the regions and communities that HBCUs have served for more than 100 years.

Read Other UNCF Reports

To keep our HBCUs strong, we must support candidates who share the same vision. Too often, I have witnessed candidates share polices that would negatively impact HBCUs and their students. Because of this, UNCF is taking the initiative to ensure that HBCU students, families, faculty and administrators have the proper information to be informed voters and to ask the right questions. Every candidate should know the issues that matter to us and have a plan to address them.

—Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO, UNCF