January 2, 2020

Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations for HSIs and Applications for New Awards

SAN ANTONIO, TX – The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) commends the increased investment in Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 federal budget passed by Congress and signed by the President on December 21, 2019. The budget agreement funds the federal government through September 30, 2020. HSI programs are funded as follows:

  • Dept. of Education - Title V, Part A (DHSI Program - Undergraduate) = $143.08 million. FY 2019 funding was $124.4 million and is an increase of $18.68 million.
  • Dept. of Education - Title V, Part B (PPOHA Program - Graduate) = $12.84 million. FY 2019 funding was $11.2 million and is an increase of $1.64 million.
  • Dept. of Agriculture - NIFA (HSI Education Grants) = $11.2 million. FY 2019 funding was $9.2 million and is an increase of $2 million.
  • National Science Foundation’s HSI Program = $45 million. FY 2019 funding was $40 million and is an increase of $5 million.

“HACU applauds the significant increases to Hispanic-Serving Institutions’ programs in the FY 2020 federal budget passed by Congress last month,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “This investment recognizes the increasingly crucial role of Hispanic-Serving Institutions in educating and training the fastest-growing segment of America’s workforce. While we are encouraged to see an increase in funding for HSIs, they still remain woefully underfunded.”

HSIs only receive, on average, 68 cents for every federal dollar going to all other colleges and universities annually despite educating a disproportionately low-income and underrepresented student population. HACU expresses its gratitude to the leadership of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees for their support and looks forward to continuing to work with Congress to increase federal resources to HSIs in FY 2021 and beyond. 

HACU is also pleased that the U.S. Department of Education issued a notice inviting applications for new awards for FY 2020 for the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (Title V, Part A) Program, with a deadline for transmittal of applications on February 10, 2020, as provided in the following link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/12/27/2019-27984/applications-for-new-awards-developing-hispanic-serving-institutions-program

Pre-Application Workshops

  • Webinar - January 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Webinar - January 8, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST
  • Live Workshop - January 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EST at the Dept. of Education, Room 1W105/108, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20202

Email Njeri.Clark@ed.gov to register for the workshops. Full details will be provided to participants before the workshops.

About HACU 
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, founded in 1986, represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Latin America, Spain and school districts throughout the U.S. The Association’s headquarters are located in San Antonio, Texas, with regional offices in Sacramento, California and Washington D.C. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). Information is available at www.hacu.net.