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January 24, 2020

Member Advisory

Application deadline to be extended to February 24 for FY 2020 Developing HSIs (Title V, Part A) Program Competition

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has been in communication with officials from the U.S. Department of Education seeking an extension on the application deadline for the FY 2020 Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Grant Competition.

HACU has learned that an extension will be published in the Federal Register on January 28, 2020, for the submission of Title V, Part A, applications to a new deadline of February 24, 2020. The two-week extension will help Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to prepare their submissions, particularly those impacted by recent disasters. HACU will continue to work with the Department leadership to improve the administration of all HSI programs. HACU appreciates the willingness of the U.S. Secretary of Education and her executive team to respond favorably to the request for a reasonable deadline extension for Title V, Part A grant applications and looks forward to continuing collaborating to enhance capacity building at HSIs.

This notice contains two competitive preference priorities:

  1. Fostering flexible and affordable paths to obtaining knowledge and skills (up to 5 additional points)
    1. Projects that are designed to address at least one of the following areas:
      1. Improving collaboration between education providers and employers to ensure student learning objectives are aligned with the skills or knowledge required for employment in in-demand industry sectors or occupations (as defined in section 3(23) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014).
      2. Providing work-based learning experiences (such as internships, apprenticeships, and fellowships) that align with in-demand industry sectors or occupations (as defined in section 3(23) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014).
      3. Creating or expanding opportunities for students to obtain recognized postsecondary credentials in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or computer science.
  2. Fostering knowledge and promoting the development of skills that prepare students to be informed, thoughtful, and productive individuals and citizens (up to 5 additional points)
    1. Projects that are designed to support instruction in personal financial literacy, knowledge of markets and economics, knowledge of higher education financing and repayment (e.g., college savings and student loans), or other skills aimed at building personal financial understanding and responsibility.

The DHSI Program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of, Hispanic students. DHSI Program grants enable HSIs to expand and enhance the academic offerings, program quality, faculty quality, and institutional stability of colleges and universities that are educating the majority of Hispanic college students and help large numbers of Hispanic students and low-income individuals complete postsecondary degrees.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/01/28/2020-01462/applications-for-new-awards-developing-hispanic-serving-institutions-program

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