Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)

Hispanic-Serving Institutions:

A Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) is defined as an institution of higher education that—

  •  is an eligible institution; and
  • has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic students at the end of the award year immediately preceding the date of application.

 FY2016 Eligible Hispanic-Serving Institutions

List of FY 2016 Eligible Hispanic-Serving Institutions: MS Excel   PDF


Department Designation of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)

For specific inquiries regarding the current list of Department grantees with an HSI designation, or for a copy of the list, contact: Beatriz Ceja, Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division Director; Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education; Phone: (202) 453-6239; Email: beatriz.ceja@ed.gov

Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division Website


Program Eligibility

Institutions must be designated as an eligible institution of higher education in order to apply for the Title V program and must meet the program-specific requirements to be defined as an HSI.

To be designated as an eligible institution of higher education, an institution must apply for and receive designation through an application process. Please refer to the most recent Application for Designation as an Eligible Institution. You may contact the program office if you have questions regarding eligibility.

Designation as an Eligible Institution: Title III & Title V Programs Guide

FY 2016 Eligibility Matrix


U.S. Department of Education Hispanic-Serving Institutions Grant Programs

The U.S. Department of Education offers 3 discretionary grants to support Hispanic-Serving Institutions:

Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program

The Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program (Title V, Part A) provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students. These grants also enable HSIs to expand and enhance their academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability. The purpose is to:

  • To expand educational opportunities for; and improve the academic attainment of Hispanic students; and
  • Expand and enhance the academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability of the colleges and universities that educate the majority of Hispanic students.

Grant Recipients


Hispanic-Serving Institutions – Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (HSI STEM) and Articulation Program

The purpose of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions – Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (HSI STEM) and Articulation Programs (Title III, Part F) is to:

  • increase the number of Hispanic and other low-income students attaining degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics; and
  • to develop model transfer and articulation agreements between two-year and four-year institutions in such fields.

Grant Recipients


Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) Program

The Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) Program (Title V, Part B) provides grants to:

  • expand postbaccalaureate educational opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of, Hispanic students; and
  • expand the postbaccalaureate academic offerings as well as enhance the program quality in the institutions of higher education that are educating the majority of Hispanic college students and helping large numbers of Hispanic and low-income students complete postsecondary degrees.

Grant Recipients


OPE Program Guide

Outside of grants administered by the HSI Division, there are other grants administered by the Office of Postsecondary Education. In this OPE Program Guide, OPE has organized their programs by their primary purpose. The guide provides a brief summary of the programs that HSIs may be eligible for.


Become a Peer Reviewer:

The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) looks to create a pool of peer reviewers to complete to review grant applications that represent academia’s disciplinary, geographic, and institutional diversity. Current reviewers include practitioners, educators, administrators/managers, analysts, researchers, evaluators, and board members. OPE is also looking for reviewers who focus on innovation and specialists with a background in entrepreneurialism, technology and corporate learning. Peer reviewers play an integral role in the OPE grant administration process and are ultimately making positive contributions to the growth and development of students and institutions of higher education across the United States.

Register as a Peer Reviewer

Frequently Asked Questions


Hispanic-Serving Institution Reporting Kit

Each year the U.S. Department of Education is responsible for gathering and publishing Executive Actions that assist Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). This annual report summarizes funding to MSIs including Hispanic-Serving Institutions.

FY2014 Report


Improving Diverse and Teacher Pipelines at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

The Office of the Under Secretary in partnership with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and the Office of Postsecondary Education’s Hispanic Serving Institutions Division engaged in a series of conversations focused on increasing recruitment and retention efforts and supporting the cultural competency of teachers with Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Click here for webinars and white papers that came forth from this effort.


From Funding to Practice: A Status Report on Federal Funding and High Impact Programs Among Hispanic Serving Institutions

As part of their Commitment to Action, the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions Educators released a new report that showcases the work of 12 colleges and universities that have successfully used federal funding to improve educational attainment for the country’s Hispanic community.


Hispanic-Serving Institutions Organizations

Organizations such as the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Excelencia in Education and the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions Educators provide additional information and supports for HSIs. Some provide comprehensive HSI membership lists on their respective Web sites. The HACU list contains approximately 435 members, while the Excelencia list contains nearly 435 members. Institutions on these lists have self-identified as Hispanic-Serving Institutions or emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions. They generally have not received a federal designation as an HSI, and as such, do not receive federal funding. There may, however, be some overlap among the HACU, Excelencia and Department lists.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

Excelencia in Education

Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions Educators