The Supreme Court of the United States has struck down a controversial affirmative action program that allowed some universities to make their admissions decisions based on race, according to a news release from the Justice Department.
The ruling on Monday was the latest setback for affirmative action, which has been at the center of a bitter dispute in the United State.
The court, which is controlled by Republicans, struck down the program in 2015, saying it discriminated against black students.
The program was created in 1972 under President Richard Nixon to help college students who had low grades and test scores, and to encourage black students to go to college.
It’s now used to help students with low test scores.
A group of 19 states sued to block the program, arguing that it disproportionately affected African Americans.
The ruling will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The decision will not affect the eligibility of students to receive federal financial aid, according the news release.