Renewed HSI Designation, New DOEd Letter

4/12/2024 – The Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education (DOEd) has issued a renewed HSI Designation Letter, continuing ASU’s eligibility for Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) grant opportunities. The Proposal Information and Resources page has been updated with this new letter.

DOEd’s eligibility determination allows the University to continue applying for grants within the *Titles III and V programs. As such, ASU continues to be eligible to serve as the lead institution on proposals and applications for HSI funding as long as all other eligibility criteria are met.

Please refer to the Institutional Eligibility guide when reviewing eligibility requirements for funding opportunities.

ASU HSI Eligibility summary:

  • HSI: yes, ASU is an HSI
  • MSI: maybe, review “MSI” definition in funding opportunity guidelines
  • MI: no, ASU is not an MI yet

*Title III (Institutional Aid) and Title V (Developing Institutions) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEA)


“MSI” and “MI” have different criteria. The term “Minority Serving Institution (MSI)” is not defined by U.S. federal statute, but is often used as an umbrella term that Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and other Title III, V, and VII programs fall under. ASU typically meets the eligibility requirement for MSI funding opportunities, unless the FOA has a different definition of “MSI”.

In order to meet the legal definition of “Minority Institution (MI)” an institution’s minority student enrollment must be 50% or more of the total enrollment. ASU is not currently eligible for FOAs that are limited to Minority Institutions (MIs).