Clark Atlanta University
TITLE III PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION
223 James P. Brawley Dr., SW
Thayer Hall, Suite 134
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone: 404-880-8106 Fax: 404-880-6058
The Aid for Institutional Development programs, commonly referred to as the Title III programs, are designed to strengthen institutions of higher education that serve high percentages of minority students and students from low-income backgrounds. A low-income individual is defined as an individual from a family whose taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of an amount equal to the poverty level determined by using criteria of poverty established by the Bureau of the Census. Federal grants made under these programs to eligible institutions are to support improvements in the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of the institutions. Specifically, the Title III programs provide financial assistance to help institutions solve problems that threaten their ability to survive, to improve their management and fiscal operations, to build endowments, and to make effective use of technology. Funding is targeted to minority-serving and other institutions that enroll a large proportion of financially disadvantaged students and have low per-student expenditures. In addition, from its inception in 1965, one of the primary missions of the Title III programs has been to strengthen the Nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 extended that mission to include programs to strengthen Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities and Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-serving Institutions. Furthermore, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), which reauthorized the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), established the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving Institutions program, the Native American-serving Nontribal Institutions program, and the Predominantly Black Institutions program. Lastly, the HEOA transferred mandatory funding for Strengthening HBCUs and Other Minority Serving Institutions program from Title IV, Section 499A of the HEA to Title III, Section 371 of the HEA.