Dept of Education Awards $40M to Hispanic Serving Institutions

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Executive Summary:

  • Over $40 million awarded to Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) to support Hispanic and Latino students.
  • Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) program provided 64 grants totaling over $37 million.
  • Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) awarded $3.8 million to 15 HSIs for STEM opportunities.
  • Funding builds upon past investments, including nearly $15 billion from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Federal agencies commemorated National Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Week with in-person and online engagements.

Unedited Press Release Text:

Biden-Harris Administration Awards More Than $40 Million to Support Hispanic-Serving Institutions

The Administration also celebrated HSI week with a Presidential Proclamation and a convening of the President’s Advisory Commission with Senior White House Officials

The Biden-Harris Administration announced today that it will award more than $40 million to Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) to support Hispanic and Latino students and the institutions preparing them for the future.

Through the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) program, 64 grants totaling more than $37 million were provided to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities and improve the attainment of Hispanic students. Through the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP), which assists predominantly minority institutions with funds to improve science and engineering programs and to increase enrollment of underrepresented minority students, particularly women of color, in scientific and technological careers, more than $3.8 million was awarded to 15 HSIs. These grants build on the historic Biden-Harris Administration investments in HSIs including nearly $15 billion in funding from the U.S. Department of Education (Department), which included more than $13.2 billion in COVID relief funds.

“The Biden-Harris Administration has made historic investments in Hispanic-Serving Institutions and today we’re continuing that commitment with another $40 million to drive Latino student success in higher education and help colleges and universities enroll more women and students of color in cutting-edge STEM fields,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “At a time when diversity in higher education is under attack, investing in Hispanic-Serving Institutions and the students they serve has never mattered more. Latino students represent nearly one-in-five college students across America and their talent, ambition, and multilingual superpowers will drive our nation’s future prosperity and global competitiveness for decades to come.”

In addition to the DHSI and MSEIP grants, federal agencies across government commemorated National Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Week through a range of in-person and online engagements aimed at bridging federal resources with HSIs and Latino students, educators and community members. The White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics (Initiative) at the Department convened the President’s Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics (Commission) at Arizona State University on September 12. The event was held in collaboration with leaders from the White House, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Department of Commerce, and attendees engaged in several events with Arizona HSI Presidents, faculty, staff, and students to showcase the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to Hispanic students.

During the hybrid meeting, White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council Neera Tanden, Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Tom Perez, and Director of the Office of Public Engagement Mayor Stephen Benjamin briefed the commission and Arizona community members and online viewers about the commission’s work of impact for the Latino community. The U.S. Department of Commerce staff briefed the commission on its racial equity work and opportunities related to the CHIPS and Science Act. Arizona leaders from various sectors, including a student and parent, also shared their testimonials with the commission. The recording of the meeting can be found here. The Initiative also shared resources at the Second Annual Arizona HSI Summit at the University of Arizona in Tucson, the U.S. Department of Defense Taking the Pentagon to the People Summit at Arizona State University, and the National Community College Hispanic Council Leadership Symposium in Chicago.

This week of activities built on the President’s proclamation on National Hispanic Serving Institution Week  and lifted the Administration’s actions with benefits for Latino students, graduates, educators and HSIs, such as:Canceling more student loan debt than any Administration in history – helping 3.4 million people secure more than $117 billion in loan relief.

  • Releasing the SAVE plan, the most affordable student loan repayment plan where on average, Hispanic borrowers will see their total lifetime payments per dollar borrowed cut in half.
  • Funding, for the first time ever, the Augustus F. Hawkins Centers of Excellence grants to increase high-quality teacher preparation programs for teachers of color, strengthen the diversity of our teacher pipeline, and address teacher shortages. Nine of the recipients were HSIs working to increase Latino and Spanish-language and multilingual educators in the classroom.
  • Increasing Pell Grant funding by $900 and continuing to request from Congress increased funding for Pell and the inclusion of DACA students in federal student loan programs.
  • Circulating bilingual Office for Civil Rights resources to protect student rights, support immigrant and migrant students, and advance equity in higher education in light of the Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision.
  • Leading national convenings to promote educator diversity beginning Oct. 26 in Denver.



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