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Hispanic-Serving Institutions - Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics and Articulation Programs

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Program Office: Institutional Service

CFDA Number: 84.031C
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also Known As: HSI STEM; Title III, Part F
Program Contacts: Everardo Gil, (202) 219-7000 and
Jeffrey Hartman, (202) 502-7607

Laws, Regulations, and Guidance

Program Description

The purpose of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions - Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (HSI STEM) and Articulation Programs is to: (1) increase the number of Hispanic and other low-income students attaining degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics; and (2) to develop model transfer and articulation agreements between two-year and four-year institutions in such fields.

Applicant Information

Institutions must be designated as an eligible institution of higher education in order to apply for the Title III, Part F program and must meet the program specific requirements to be defined as an HSI.

To be designated as an eligible institution of higher education and institution must apply for and receive designation through an application process. Please refer to the most recent Application for Designation as an Eligible Institution. You may contact the program office if you have questions regarding eligibility.


HSI Designation

Institutions that meet the definition of a Hispanic-Serving Institution may be eligible to apply for funding. However, the U.S Department of Education and the HSI Division do not officially grant an institution an HSI designation. Institutions are considered HSIs based on their grant award status for the duration of their grant award, which is five years. The Department defines an HSI as an institution of higher education that has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic at the end of the award year immediately preceding the date of application.

Types of Projects

  • Funds may be used for: improving academic quality of STEM programs through curriculum revision and development, or faculty development; developing research opportunities for students in STEM fields; providing or improving student services including counseling, tutoring, mentoring or establishing learning communities; encouraging secondary students to pursue STEM degrees and careers through outreach activities; and improving STEM facilities and equipment needed for science instruction and computer laboratories.


Last Modified: 09/23/2015