Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions Program

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Who May Apply: (by category) Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)

Who May Apply: (specifically) IHEs that meet certain eligibility requirements may apply.

An institution of higher education is eligible to receive funds from the amounts available under this program if such institution is an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution as defined in the authorizing program statute and certifies, at the time of submission, that it has an enrollment of undergraduate students that is at least 10 percent Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander.

Institutions of higher education must meet both basic and specific eligibility requirements. A basic requirement is that an institution must be legally authorized by the state in which it is located to be a junior college or provide an educational program for which it awards a bachelor's degree; and be either accredited, pre-accredited, or making reasonable progress toward such accreditation by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or organization.

Under specific eligibility requirements, an institution must have at least 50 percent of its degree students receiving need-based assistance under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, or have a substantial number of enrolled students receiving Pell Grants, and have low educational and general expenditures. The Secretary may waive the eligibility requirements under certain conditions which are defined in program regulations.

NOTE: Learn how to apply for and receive designation as an eligible institution. Refer to the Tips and Assistance section on the Eligibility page to find more information, the latest webinar schedule, and/or presentations regarding eligibility.

Lists of Eligible Institutions by Fiscal Year


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Last Modified: 04/13/2023