Originally established in 1990, the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics (Initiative) was re-established in 2021 through executive order by President Joe Biden, who expanded the Initiative’s scope to center on advancing educational equity and economic opportunity for Latino and Hispanic students, families, and communities. The nation’s future prosperity and global leadership across sectors is intrinsically tied to the success of Hispanic and Latino students, and their success is a priority of this Administration.

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Week of Action: April 15-19, 2024

During the FAFSA Week of Action (April 15-19, 2024), the White House and the U.S. Department of Education are encouraging high school counselors, principals and other school leaders, superintendents, after school programs, parent groups, non-profit organizations, and other local and state education organizations to commit to taking action to raise awareness about the updated FAFSA) form and support student submission.

Potential actions organizations can take may include:

  1. Host an in-person or virtual FAFSA Week of Action FAFSA submission event.
  2. Email, text, or send push notifications to your audiences with information about the Better FAFSA and how to submit the form.
  3. Incorporate information about Better FAFSA and FAFSA Week of Action into your newsletters, webinars, upcoming events/conferences or resource sites.

If you would like to commit to taking one or more of the actions – such as by hosting a FAFSA submission workshop – please email us at WhiteHouseHispanicInitiative@ed.gov.

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Seminario Web: Como Presentar el Formulario FAFSA 2024-25
Miércoles, 17 de Abril de 2024 | 8:00 p.m. hora del Este

Seminario Web: Como Presentar el Formulario FAFSA® 2024-25 Miércoles, 17 de Abril de 2024 | 8:00 p.m. hora del Este

La oficina de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes organizará otro seminario web donde describirán el proceso para presentar el formulario 2024-25 de Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes (FAFSA®). Esta sesión estará abierta para estudiantes, familias, profesionales de acceso a la universidad y aquellos que apoyan a las comunidades de habla hispana. Este seminario web será llevado a cabo en español con subtítulos en inglés.

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2024-25 Better FAFSA

FAFSA form

The 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is now available. The Better FAFSA is simplified, redesigned, and streamlined. It is faster and easier to fill out, with most students and families completing it in less than 15 minutes. It ensures 665,000 more students will receive Federal Pell Grants to pay for college. Additionally, more than 1.7 million more students will receive the maximum Pell Grant of $7,395.

Completing and submitting the FAFSA form is free, and it gives students access to the largest source of financial aid to help pay for higher education.

Following are examples of resources to help you complete the 2024-25 FAFSA form:

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Upcoming Grant Opportunities for Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) Program: Deadline – May 13, 2024

Augustus F. Hawkins Centers of Excellence Program: Deadline – June 18, 2024


“Being Bilingual is a Superpower” Initiative

Bilingual is a Superpower Initiative


Apply for the SAVE Plan 

SAVE Plan

The Biden-Harris Administration launched the most affordable repayment plan – the Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) plan. The SAVE plan will cut many borrowers’ monthly payments to zero, will save other borrowers around $1,000 per year, will prevent balances from growing because of unpaid interest, and will get more borrowers closer to forgiveness faster. The Biden-Harris Administration estimates that over 20 million borrowers could benefit from the SAVE plan. On average, under the SAVE Plan, Black, Hispanic, American Indian and Alaska Native borrowers will see their total lifetime payments per dollar borrowed cut in half.

Borrowers, sign up today by visiting StudentAid.gov/SAVE

SAVE Plan Spanish

¡Las solicitudes para el programa SAVE están abiertas! El plan SAVE es el plan de pago de préstamos estudiantiles más asequible que existe y reducirá los pagos mensuales de millones de personas con préstamos estudiantiles. Aplica ya: StudentAid.gov/SAVE


“Teachers: Leaders Shaping Lives” Campaign


 

New Federal Resources

U.S. Department of Education’s Tools to Tackle Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Related Forms of Discrimination and Bias

U.S. Department of Education’s Strategies for Increasing Diversity and Opportunity in Higher Education

U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Resource on Race and School Programming

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Joint Resources to Advance Diversity and Opportunity in Higher Education

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Joint Fact Sheets on Protecting Access to Education for Migratory and Unaccompanied Children

U.S. Department of Education’s Newcomer Toolkit

U.S. Department of Education‘s Toolkit on Creating Inclusive and Nondiscriminatory School Environments for LGBTQI+ Students

U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ Fact Sheet: Ensuring Meaningful Participation in Advanced Coursework and Specialized Programs for Students who are English Learners (Spanish)

U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Fact Sheet Detailing Investments in the Economic Future of Latino Communities


Responding to Supreme Court Rulings:

Affirmative Action

Student Loan Debt Relief


Peer Review Opportunities with the U.S. Department of Education

Peer Review Opportunity with the U.S. Department of EducationFlier

The U.S. Department of Education announces opportunities for individuals to participate in its peer review process for competitive grant funding under the programs administered by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE); Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE); Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA); Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE); and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS).Requests to serve as a peer reviewer for fiscal year 2023 will be accepted on an ongoing basis, aligned with this year’s grant competition schedule. Requests to serve as a peer reviewer should be submitted at least four weeks prior to the program’s application deadline noted on the Department’s website under “Forecast of Funding Opportunities” at www2.ed.gov/​fund/​grant/​find/​edlite-forecast.html.


Raise the Bar: Lead the World

Raise the Bar Lead the World Priorities

Secretary Cardona laid out his vision for the direction the U.S. Department of Education will follow in 2023 to promote academic excellence, improve learning conditions, and prepare our students for a world where global engagement is critical to our nation’s standing.


White House Hispanic Initiative Public Engagement Programs

Learn about the White House Hispanic Initiative’s public engagement programs to share Biden-Harris Administration programs and initiatives.


U.S. Department of Education Nationwide Call for Student Performing Artists

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking student performing artists (such as bands/marching bands, choirs, color guards, dancers, drumlines, poets/spoken word artists, soloists, theatrical performers) currently enrolled in institutions of elementary, secondary, or post-secondary education or accredited trade schools, who exemplify resilience, diversity, and excellence and are interested in showcasing their talent, virtually or in-person, at internal and external Department-hosted events, as well as awards and recognition ceremonies, and professional development trainings that support the Department’s programs, priorities, and initiatives and social media campaigns. No formal training or experience is necessary.

Please utilize this link for additional information that includes Frequently Asked Questions, submission instructions, and other related guidance.

If someone requires a reasonable accommodation to complete a submission and/or answer any related questions, please direct them to email studentart@ed.gov.


Advancing Educational Equity

Learn more about these initiatives that support the U.S. Department of Education’s efforts to advance educational equity.


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