Six Florida A&M University students have filed a class-action lawsuit against the state seeking to end alleged funding inequalities between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Florida schools, including Florida State University.

The federal lawsuit filed Sept. 22 in the Northern District of Florida calls on the State University System Board of Governors to rectify what plaintiffs say is a funding gap amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars owed to FAMU over the last four decades.

“Throughout its history and up to the present day, Florida has purposefully engaged in a pattern and practice of racial discrimination, principally through disparate funding, that has prevented HBCUs, including FAMU, from achieving parity with their traditionally white institution (TWI) counterparts,” the complaint states.