Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program -- Title V

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Definition of Hispanic-Serving Institutions

A Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) is defined as an institution of higher education that—
(A) is an eligible institution; and
(B) has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic students at the end of the award year immediately preceding the date of application.

The Title V Program does not pre-certify institutions as Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Institutions that meet these eligibility requirements and want to apply to the Title V Program, simply must submit an assurance with their Title V application with the necessary student enrollment data.

For your information, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) publishes IPEDS data on institutions that serve large populations of Hispanic students. The list published by NCES is based on a wide range of data, including full-time enrollment figures, the number of degrees conferred, and the type of institutions, i.e., for-profit or non-profit, public or private, and four-year or two-year institutions of higher education. Some of the institutions on this list may qualify as Hispanic-Serving Institutions, provided that the institutions meet the eligibility requirements described above.

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Last Modified: 03/04/2011