The U.S. Senate has added Kentucky State University to the government's list of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The federal government provides funding to graduate programs at a limited number of historically black schools that are listed in the Higher Education Act. Because KSU previously was not included on the list, it was not eligible for this funding.
KSU, chartered by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1886, is the state's only historically black school.
In a news release, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, who asked for KSU to be included in the list, said that Kentucky State's absence from the list was discussed when he met with KSU president Mary Sias earlier this year.