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U.S. Department of Education: Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program

Deadline: May 19, 2015

The Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of, Hispanic students. HSI Program grants also enable HSIs to expand and enhance the academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability of colleges and universities that are educating the majority of Hispanic college students and help large numbers of Hispanic students and other low-income individuals complete postsecondary degrees.

To apply for this program, applicants must meet the Department of Education’s absolute priority. This priority is to fund projects that are designed to increase the number and proportion of high-need students who are academically prepared for, enroll in, or complete on time college, other postsecondary education, or other career and technical education. High-need students are defined as students who are at risk of educational failure or otherwise in need of special assistance and support, such as students who are living in poverty, who attend high-minority schools, who are far below grade level, who have left school before receiving a regular high school diploma, who are at risk of not graduating with a diploma on time, who are homeless, who are in foster care, who have been incarcerated, who have disabilities, or who are English learners.

Competitive preference is given to applicants that address the following two priorities:

  1. Tutoring, counseling, and student service programs designed to improve academic success, including innovative and customized instruction courses (which may include remedial education and English language instruction) designed to help retain students and move the students rapidly into core courses and through program completion.
  2. Projects that are designed to support the development and implementation of high-quality online or hybrid credit-bearing and accessible learning opportunities that reduce the cost of higher education, reduce time to degree completion, or allow students to progress at their own pace.

Amount: $52,287,473 for grants ranging from $500,000-$650,000 each.

Eligibility: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education designated as HSIs.

Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-20/pdf/2015-06501.pdf

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