The Aid for Institutional Development programs (commonly referred to as the Title III programs) support improvements in educational quality, management, and financial stability at qualifying postsecondary institutions.
Funding is focused on institutions that enroll large proportions of minority and financially disadvantaged students with low per-student expenditures. The programs provide financial assistance to help institutions solve problems that threaten their ability to survive, to improve their management and fiscal operations, and to build endowments.
From its inception, one of the primary missions of the Title III programs has been to support the Nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The Title III programs have been expanded to support American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions. The program also includes the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement program, the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program, and the HBCU Capital Financing program.
The initiative for institutions that focus on serving low income Hispanic students has moved from Title III to Title V, the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.