College students are angry at the Trump administration for its plans to provide college tuition waivers for students who attended historically black colleges and universities, including historically black universities in Texas.
The White House announced Wednesday that students would be eligible for up to $1,000 in tuition waivers if they attended one of these institutions for at least six years, and up to one year for any other.
The White House also said that if students have earned bachelor’s degrees and two or more years of college experience, they would be able to receive up to half of their tuition waiver.
“We are disappointed with this plan, and we are disappointed that these students are going to have to pay more for higher education,” said Elizabeth L. Meeks, president of the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
“The president is clearly signaling that he believes this is an entitlement for those who attended those historically black institutions and has no plan for paying for it.”
Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that also allowed the president to rescind some of the President’s previous education policy decisions and put a cap on the number of federal workers who could receive a Pell Grant and related aid.
Trump has made a point of keeping the size of the Pell Grant limited to families earning less than $85,000 per year, and has also proposed a new system of college funding, which he said would “send the wrong message to students.”