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Our Current Partner Institutions

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have historically played and continue to play a critical role in African American achievement. While representing only 4% of colleges, HBCUs represent 14% of African American college graduates, 25% of African Americans with STEM bachelor's degrees, and an even greater percentage of African Americans with teaching, medical, and other professional degrees.

The HBCUs below have agreed to participate in Student Freedom Initiative’s  Income Contingent Alternative to Parent Plus and private loans component for the identified academic year.  A list of HBCU identified STEM majors that are eligible can be found immediately below the HBCU.

Cohort 1 (Fall 2021 Academic Year)

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Computer Science
Computer Engineering
Biology
Biochemistry
Bioinformatics
Biotechnology
Applied Math (Clemson)
Mathematics
Mathematics (Applied Mathematics Track)
Chemistry

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Computer and Information Sys, Cybersecurity
Dual Deg Engineer- Comp Sci
Engineering
Computer Science
Biology
Dual Degree-Biology
Dual Deg Engineering - Math
Mathematics
Chemistry
Dual Deg Engineer - Chemistry
Industrial Chemistry
Dual Deg Engineer - Physics
Physics

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Comp Info Science
Comp Info Systems
Computer Science
Information Technology
Pre-Computer Info Systems
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering / Environmental Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Biological Systems Engineering
Biology
Molecular Cellular Biology
Pre-Medicine
Actuarial Science
Mathematical Sciences
Mathematics
Biochemistry
Chemistry Pre-Medicine/Dentistry
Chemistry
Physics

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Biochemistry
Biology
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Computer Engineering
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Marine and Environmental Science
Mathematics
Physics

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Computer Science
Pre-Engineering
Software Engineering
Applied Physics
General Science
Biology
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics

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Computer Science
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Biology
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics

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Computer Science
Biology
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics

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Computer Science and Information Technology
Computer Science-Information Systems
Computer Science
Aerospace Science Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Biology
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics

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Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Dual Degree Biomedical ENGR
Dual Degree Chemical ENGR
Dual Degree Civil ENGR
Dual Degree Computer ENGR
Dual Degree Electrical ENGR
Dual Degree Environmental ENGR
Dual Degree Mechanical ENGR
Biology Pre-med
Biology
Biochemistry
Bioinformatics
Neuroscience
Statistics
Statistics and Biostatistics Accel
Mathematics
Chemistry
Chemistry Acs
Chemistry Pre-Pharmacy
Chemistry Pre-Professional
Dual Deg Chemistry Pre-Pharm
Physics

Cohort 2 (Fall 2022 Academic Year)

Alabama A&M University

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Chemistry
Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Engineering
Geosciences
Life Sciences
Materials Research
Mathematical Science
Physics and Astronomy

Benedict College

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Biology
Chemistry
Mathematics
Mathematics (Teaching)
Mathematics (Applied)
Physics
Physics-Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Information Science
Computer Engineering
Environmental Engineering

Bowie State University

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Bioinformatics
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Computer Technology
Mathematics

Dillard University

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Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Mathematics
Physics

Fisk University

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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Biology
Chemistry
Chemistry
Computer Science
Mathematics
Physics
Bioinformatics

Jackson State

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Biology
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Earth System Science
Electrical Engineering
Mathematics
Meterology
Physics
Statistics

Miles College

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Biology
Chemistry
Computer and Information Sciences
Mathematics

Norfolk State University

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Computer & Information Sciences
Information Technology
Cybersecurity
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Optical Engineering
Biology
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Materials Science
Materials Science and Engineering

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

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Computer Science
Engineering
Biology
Biochemistry
Environmental Science
Marine Science
Mathematics
Chemistry

Virginia Union University

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Computer Information System
Biology
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics/Engineering

Voorhees College

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Biology
Computer Science/ Cybersecurity

Targeted Capacity-Building

The HBCUs below have agreed to participate in Student Freedom Initiative’s Targeted Capacity-Building component (cyber security upgrade).

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Benedict College
  • Bennett College
  • Bowie State University
  • Claflin University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Dillard University
  • Fisk University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Hampton University
  • Interdenominational Theological Center
  • Jackson State University
  • Jarvis Christian College
  • Lemoyne-Owen College
  • Miles College
  • Morehouse College
  • Morris College
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Shaw University
  • Texas College
  • Texas Southern University
  • Tuskegee University
  • University of the Virgin Islands
  • Voorhees College
  • Xavier University of Louisiana
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