Thurgood Marshall College Fund Looking for Students Denied Parent PLUS Loans

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Looking for Students Denied Parent PLUS Loans


The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, one of three leading groups who fight on behalf of historically black colleges and universities, is looking for students (or really, their parents) who were denied Parent PLUS loans.

A short online form set up to “hear the voice of HBCU students” can be filled out by going here. The parents of over 28,000 students accepted at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities were denied Parent PLUS loans last year.  The problem occurred after the Obama Administration decided to apply loan standards more stringently minus the usual public rulemaking hearings.   This year, many say that some schools may be hit with higher percentages of loan denials.  Last year, HBCUs lost $160 million in tuition revenue combined.  

According to their website, the goals of the Thurgood Marshall College funs are to, 1. Partner with our member-schools to increase access, retention and graduation rates of students, 2. 
Identify and prepare students attending member-schools who have significant leadership potential, and 3. Create a pipeline for employers to highly-qualified member-school students and alumni.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for and Ms. Burke has also authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: Instagram: LVB325.


  1. […] warned that this could lower the number of students who are able to attend school this fall. The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is seeking to hear from parents who were denied, while Morgan State University is trying to raise […]