Eligibility for HSI Funding Opportunities

UPDATE, 9/26/2022: An HSI Funding Opportunity Tracker and short demonstration video have been added to the funding.asu.edu HSI article. This resource is designed for ASU faculty, staff, and students to identify funding opportunities for HSI institutions and check ASU’s eligibility to submit proposals to those opportunities. This is not a comprehensive listing of HSI funding opportunities, additional opportunities will continue to be added. For questions about the tracker, or to have a new FOA added, contact [email protected]. For questions regarding ASU’s institutional eligibility, RAs should email [email protected].

UPDATE, 8/15/2022: A section for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) has been added to this news post, including ‘When will ASU receive the full HSI designation?’; ‘Is there a statement that can be included in proposals?‘; and ‘What is the difference between Minority serving and Hispanic-Serving Institution?’

REMINDER, 7/26/2022: As a reminder, ASU does not currently meet the legal definition of an ‘eligible institution’ as it relates to federal sponsored project funding for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)/Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).  For example, if a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) requires completion of NSF’s HSI Certification Form, ASU is not eligible to apply.

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.


ASU will apply for a waiver of specific statutory and regulatory eligibility requirements in late January 2023. In Spring 2023, ASU should learn whether our waiver application has been approved. The next version of the U.S. Department of Education eligibility matrix will likely be released around that same time. Potentially as early as February, but it varies each year.

See Eligibility Designations and Applications for Waiver of Eligibility Requirements

The Provost's Office has approved the following statement for inclusion in proposals:

ASU has met the 25% undergraduate Hispanic enrollment criterion required for HSI status. ASU will submit an application to waive the other statutorily defined requirements determining eligibility for full HSI designation in the upcoming winter application cycle. If the waiver is approved, ASU would be so designated in spring of 2023, through the U.S. Department of Education.

While the term "Minority Serving Institution (MSI)" is not defined by US federal statute, it is often used as the umbrella term that the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation falls under. In other words, an 'HSI' is one type of 'MSI'. Below is a list of the programs that are on the U.S. Department of Education eligibility matrix. Each type of MSI must meet the legal definition of an 'eligible institution' under titles III, V, and/or VII, or have some of the criteria waived, before being considered for a specific designation, (such as HSI).  

The U.S. Department of Education Eligibility Matrix includes the Following Titles III, V, and VII Programs:

    • Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP)
    • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions (ANNH) Program
    • Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) Program
    • Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program
    • Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM and Articulation (HSI STEM) Program
    • Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) Program
    • Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving (AANAPISI) Program
    • Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Program
    • Waiver of the Non-Federal Cost-Share Requirement

ASU is not currently eligible to apply for grants that are limited to institutions that meet the legal definition of HSI.  


Minority Institution (MI)

Funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) sometimes use similar terms: 'Minority-serving', 'minority institution', etc. These terms are sometimes defined by the FOA or sponsor. The legal definition of 'minority institutions' (MIs) is found in section 635(3) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) (20 U.S.C. § 1067k(3)):  

  • (3) The term “minority institution” means an institution of higher education whose enrollment of a single minority or a combination of minorities (as defined in paragraph (2)) exceeds 50 percent of the total enrollment. The Secretary shall verify this information from the data on enrollments in the higher education general information surveys (HEGIS) furnished by the institution to the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education.


    ASU is not currently eligible to apply to FOAs that are limited to "minority institutions".