At a time when many predominantly white institutions barred us from obtaining degrees at their universities, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) offered Black people a pathway to higher education. For several generations, HBCUs have provided a top-tier education for many of the best Black minds in the country. From Vice President Kamala Harris to the late actor Chadwick Boseman, these institutions have shaped many Black thought leaders, educators, doctors, lawyers, public figures and more. Unfortunately, many of these important institutions are threatened by rising college costs, federal budget cuts and the student debt crisis. The good news is there are many ways to support HBCUs. Here are five things you  can do to support HBCUs during homecoming season and beyond.