About HSI

student workA Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) is defined by federal agencies as an accredited U.S. college or university with at least 25 percent Hispanic full-time student enrollment.The HSI program is part of an effort by the federal government to provide assistance to colleges and universities serving traditionally underrepresented groups. Through other programs, federal aid is available to historically Black institutions and to tribally controlled institutions.

There are approximately 250 HSIs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico serving more than 500,000 Hispanic full-time students. Almost half of these institutions are located in California and Texas.

What are the benefits of becoming an HSI?

  • Hispanic-serving institutions are eligible for millions of dollars in federal grants – nearly $100 million in 2004.
  • Students are eligible to apply for scholarships, internships and academic advancement programs.
  • Faculty and staff are eligible to apply for research grants, teaching/professional development opportunities and student support programs.
  • Institutions are eligible to apply for resources that benefit all students, including community development, healthcare, science, technology and academic preparation.