March 20, 2020
Call for action for funding for Hispanic-Serving Institutions to help
address COVID-19 pandemic
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San Antonio, Texas - The Hispanic Association of
Colleges and Universities (HACU) has issued a call-for-action for additional
funding for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) that were forced to abruptly
end or quickly transition classes online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The persistent federal underfunding of HSIs and Hispanic higher education
remains a major impediment. HSIs receive 68 cents for every dollar
going to all other colleges and universities annually, per student, from all
federal funding sources, to educate a disproportionately low-income student
HACU urges the leadership of the appropriations and budget committees of the
U.S. House of Representatives to support funding for HSIs in response to the
In a letter sent to the Congress, HACU
requested the following for HSIs:
- $625 million of additional funding for all HSI federal grant programs under
the Higher Education Act, including: Title III, Part F and Title V, Parts A and
B; under the Farm Bill, the USDA-NIFA HSIs Education Grant Program; and the
National Science Foundation’s HSIs Program.
- The creation of a new $10 billion loan-guarantee program for HSIs’ capital
financing with an annual interest rate of zero (0.0) percent to equip HSIs to
respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic by enhancing research facilities to
support and advance scientific and community-based research, support research
aimed at the prevention and abatement of epidemics, and increase broadband
infrastructure and distance learning for the diverse and needy student
populations that HSIs enroll.
HSIs have been historically underfunded and are now presented with the
realities of implementing a seamless transition for faculty, staff, and students
without the necessary resources. Federal funding for these schools is more
important than ever to ensure that we can prepare today’s students for
HACU members and supporters: take
action now and send a message to ask Congress to fund HSIs in the coronavirus
stimulus package, click here.
To call and take action click here.
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). Additional information is available at www.hacu.net.