Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Grants

PBI Program

Bloomfield College has received more than $7 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Program over the past six years. The purpose of the Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Program is to support Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) to establish or strengthen programs in the following areas:

  • Science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM)
  • Health education
  • Internationalization or globalization
  • Teacher preparation; or
  • Improving educational outcomes of African-American males

Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) must meet certain eligibility requirements in order to be designated as a Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI).  These requirements include:

  • Having an enrollment of needy students as defined by Title III, Part F, Section 371 of the HEA.
  • Having an average educational and general expenditure which is low, per full-time equivalent undergraduate student in comparison with the average educational and general expenditure per full-time equivalent undergraduate student of institutions of higher education that offer similar instruction.
  • Having an enrollment of undergraduate students that is at least 40 percent Black American students; that is at least 1,000 undergraduate students; of which not less than 50 percent of the undergraduate students enrolled at the institution are low-income individuals or first-generation college students (as that term is defined in Section 402A(g)); and of which not less than 50 percent of the undergraduate students are enrolled in an educational program leading to a bachelor’s or associate’s degree that the institution is licensed to award by the State in which the institution is located; 
  • Being accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

In October 2010, Bloomfield College was notified through the offices of Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) that it had been selected to receive $250,000 in grant funding under the Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Program. The basic intent of the program was to provide students with the literacy skills to access and evaluate information. The multi-phase program included the formation of an Information Literacy Network; the renovation of the TV Studio and Radio Station; and the creation of a state-of-the-art Learning Commons in the College’s Library.

In November 2012, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) announced a federal grant of $2.4 million to Bloomfield College through the U.S. Department of Education’s Predominately Black Institutions (PBI) program. These funds were used to further develop Bloomfield College's renowned nursing program and included the expansion and renovation of the program's clinical laboratory.  Funding was also used to promote health literacy among the students as a means to combat obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles.

In September 2015, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) announced that Bloomfield College had been awarded funding under the U.S. Department of Education's Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Program to increase its capacity to promote the postsecondary success of African-American and other high-need students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and Science Education students.  Funds will be used to expand an Early College Program and summer programs for high school students, in addition to providing academic support and research opportunities for STEM and Science Education students  The grant will total $3 million over five years, from October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2020, with annual funding of $600,000.



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