Eligibility for HSI Funding Opportunities

6/17/2022 – Enrollment data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) shows that ASU meets the 25% enrollment threshold required for recognition as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

ASU is not yet listed as HSI on the U.S. Department of Education (DOEd) Eligibility Matrix, because the federal legal definition of an ‘eligible institution’ includes additional need-based factors.

HSI funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) vary when it comes to eligibility criteria, so RAs will need to review those requirements closely when eligibility is limited to HSIs (and/or other types of Minority Serving Institutions-MSIs).

  • If the FOA requires that applicant institutions be currently listed on the DOEd Eligibility Matrix, then ASU is not yet eligible to apply.
  • If the FOA requires that applicant institutions meet the legal definition, DOEd’s definition, or be HSIs as defined by law, then ASU is not yet eligible to apply.
  • If the FOA/sponsor uses their own list (or a list managed by another organization*) of MSIs or HSIs, then ASU’s eligibility for that FOA will depend on the referenced list.

*The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is an example of a non-DOEd organization that maintains a separate list and definition of HSIs. Another example is Excelencia in Education.

Please share the following funding.asu.edu article with investigators, researchers, and project directors in your unit(s): Hispanic Serving Institutional Designation Eligibility For Funding Opportunities.

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