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What are Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)?

Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) are colleges with greater than 25% of their undergraduate enrollment identifying as Hispanic. This designation makes HSIs eligible for government funding which provides students with resources for student success.

Dating back to the 1980’s, Hispanic Serving Institutions have a long history in educational achievement. The effort was first recognized when institutions in Texas and New Mexico started enrolling a large number of Latino students. In 1986, the foundation, (HACU) Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, led the movement to coin the term HSI as an institution accredited to helping achieve higher education for Hispanic students. Congress finally recognized the efforts in 1992 and created federal operations to instill funding for universities that serve this purpose. Today, there are over 250 Hispanic Serving Institutions designated to support the higher education of Hispanic students.

What do Hispanic Serving Institutions offer?

A Diverse Environment

HSI provides an environment where students from all backgrounds can thrive. HSI communities are determined to protect the rights and ensure that all students receive the same quality education.

Student Support Services

HSI implement an array of services related to financial and career development, academic help, and personal support to help their students succeed and prosper in an academic environment.

Faculty and Curriculum Development

Whether it’s assistance designated for an ESL program or around the clock tutoring for help in class, Hispanic serving institutions distribute support in areas of curriculum development to improve the learning environment for Hispanic students.

Which HSI is right for you?

According to the Higher Education Act of 1965, an HSI receives federal funding if it fulfills certain qualifications:

-Has to be a non-profit university. -Has to offer a degree program that consists of at-least two years. -Must be an accredited institution by the department of education. -Account for students that need assistance through HSI programs. -Have an enrollment of at least 25% Hispanic population.

Since students might also apply to a HSI based off available assistance resources, it’s important to note that not all HSI’s are the same and a university doesn’t simply receive money for being considered an HSI. A Hispanic Serving Institutions receives federal funding by applying for certain grants to aid in areas of the university that serve the student population best. Since there are quite a few of federal grant opportunities, universities usually only apply for two or three to help in the specific areas of interest that need assistance. It’s important to research which programs at the university are available for the students before making a final decision.

Where to find a HSI?

There are currently over 250 accredited schools in 20 different states that have been designated as an HSI. The trick is to find one that’s right for you in a location that you desire. For more information, check out this list of Hispanic Serving Institutions.