Title III and V designation opens door for new funding opportunities

Georgia State University has earned designation as an eligible institution under the U.S. Department of Education Title III and Title V programs for 2015. Georgia State and its faculty may apply for grants under the Title III and Title V programs, specifically for the designation as a predominantly black institution (PBI).

Our institution is also eligible for a waiver of the non-Federal share matching requirements under the Federal Work Study Program, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program and the TRIO Student Support Services Program under Title IV of the HEA, as well as the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program authorized by the HEA.

Click here for a copy of the official letter of designation.

Please email any questions regarding this designation to research@gsu.edu


Title III and V programs address unique issues in the management and fiscal operations of certain institutes of higher education (IHEs) that serve high percentages of minority students and students from low-income backgrounds. Title III programs are focused primarily on service to Black American student populations, whereas Title V programs focus primarily on service to Hispanic American student populations. The purpose of these programs is to assist in equalizing educational opportunity through a program of Federal assistance.

Georgia State was approved as a Title III Predominantly Black Institution (PBI).This is not to be confused with designation as an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), a designation which Georgia State is not eligible for.

The purpose of the Title III Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Program is to strengthen eligible institutions to plan, develop, undertake and implement programs to enhance the institution’s capacity to serve more low- and middle-income Black American students; to expand higher education opportunities for eligible students by encouraging college preparation and student persistence in secondary school and postsecondary education; and to strengthen the financial ability of the institution to serve the academic needs of these students.

Georgia State organizations and investigators may apply for Federal grants that require this specific Title III designation, which should be specified in the sponsor’s funding announcement. Institutions/investigators may use those federal funds for activities that include:

  • Academic instruction in disciplines in which Black Americans are underrepresented;
  • Establishing or enhancing a program of teacher education designed to qualify students to teach in a public elementary school or secondary school in the state that shall include, as part of such program, preparation for teacher certification or licensure;
  • Establishing community outreach programs that will encourage elementary school and secondary school students to develop the academic skills and the interest to pursue postsecondary education;
  • Purchase, rental, or lease of scientific or laboratory equipment for educational purposes, including instructional and research purposes;
  • Construction, maintenance, renovation, and improvement in classrooms, libraries, laboratories, and other instructional facilities, including the integration of computer technology into institutional facilities to create smart buildings;
  • Support of faculty exchanges, faculty development, and faculty fellowships to assist in attaining advanced degrees in the field of instruction of the faculty;
  • Development and improvement of academic programs;
  • Purchase of library books, periodicals, and other educational materials, including telecommunications program material;
  • Tutoring, counseling, and student service programs designed to improve academic success, including innovative, customized, instruction courses designed to help retain students and move the students rapidly into core courses and through program completion, which may include remedial education and English language instruction;
  • Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial literacy and economic literacy of students or the students' families;
  • Funds management, administrative management, and acquisition of equipment for use in strengthening funds management;
  • Joint use of facilities, such as laboratories and libraries;
  • Establishing or improving an endowment fund; and
  • Creating or improving facilities for Internet or other distance learning technologies, including purchase or rental of telecommunications technology equipment or services.