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Federal legislation hsis and hispanic students where we ve been and where we hope to go

Federal Legislation, HSIs and Hispanic Students:  Where We've Been and Where We Hope to Go

For Innovative Educators

San Diego, CA

March 30, 2006

Where we ve been
Where We’ve Been

  • Brief History of HACU

  • History/Definition of the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

  • Brief Funding Overview

Hsi definition
HSI Definition

  • A Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) is defined as a non-profit institution that has at least 25% Hispanic full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment, and of the Hispanic student enrollment at least 50% are low income. Low income is defined as 150% of the poverty level as determined by the Bureau of the Census at http://www.census.gov/hhes/poverty/povdef.html. The Title V Program does not pre-certify institutions as Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Institutions that meet these eligibility requirements and want to apply to the Title V Program, simply must submit an assurance with their Title V application with the necessary student enrollment data.*

    *From the US Department of Education

Where we are
Where We Are

  • Current HACU Appropriations Request

  • HEA Reauthorization

  • Current Presidential Budget Proposal

  • Other Legislation Impacting Hispanic Students

2006 appropriations





District of Columbia

Energy* & Water

Foreign Operations

Homeland Security

Interior Environment


Legislative Branch

Military Construction – VA

Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, HUD*

*Includes HSI Appropriations

2006 Appropriations

All Appropriations Bills Have Been Passed

Hea reauthorization
HEA Reauthorization

  • Mired in Congress because of deficits, war and other legislative priorities

  • HR 3784 gave an extension of HEA until March 31, 2006

  • Seek to eliminate 50% low-income requirement from HSI eligibility and remove 2-year wait out.

Presidential budget new programs
Presidential Budget- New Programs

  • Academic Competitiveness Grants

    • $850 million

  • Advancing America Through Foreign Language Partnerships - $24 million

  • Community-Based Job Training Grants

    • $150 million

Other legislation
Other Legislation

  • DREAM Act

    • S 2075 DREAM Act (Sen. Richard Durbin, IL)

    • Introduced November 18, 2005

  • Student Adjustment Act

    • HR 1684 (108th Congress)

  • McCain-Kennedy Bill

    • S1033  The Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act

Other legislation1
Other Legislation

  • SMART Grants (Senator Frist)

    • Will provide Pell Grant eligible students:

      • $4,000 grants per year for maintaining a 3.0 GPA and majoring in math, science, engineering, technology or foreign languages critical to national security during their third and fourth years of college.

Other legislation2
Other Legislation

  • Minority Serving Institution Digital and Wireless Technology Opportunity Act of 2005

    • HR 921 (Rep. Randy Forbes, VA) – 2/17/05

    • S 432 (Sen. George Allen, VA) – 2/17/05

    • $250M Appropriation

Where we hope to go
Where We Hope To Go

  • Title V Request for 2007

  • Additional Appropriations Request for 2007

  • The Farm Bill

  • Strengthen K-20 Pipeline HACU Requests

Hacu title v request for 2007
HACU Title V Request for 2007

  • Title V Appropriations for Undergraduate Support for HSIs - $175M

  • First Time Legislation and Funding for Graduate Education Under Title V - $20M

  • Remove 50% Low-Income Requirement from HSI Definition and Eliminate Two-Year Wait Out

Hacu appropriations request for 2007
HACU Appropriations Request for 2007

  • USDA – Request $20M for HSIs under Title VII of the Farm Bill, $25M under Title X

  • DOD - $15M for R&D, testing and evaluation infrastructure, $5M for faculty development

  • US Dept. of Energy - $10M for the Western Hemisphere Energy Cooperation

Hacu appropriations request for 20071
HACU Appropriations Request for 2007

  • HUD - $12M for HUD HSI Assisting Communities Program; $5M to reinstate HUD HSI Work-Study Program

  • DHHS - $20M for HSIs for the National Institutes of Health

Hacu appropriations request for 20072
HACU Appropriations Request for 2007

  • NASA - $10M to elevate Proyecto Access to a nationwide program.

  • NSF - $20M for HSIs for research, curriculum, and infrastructure development

The farm bill
The Farm Bill

  • The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 is set to expire in 2007 and must be renewed.

  • Seek to increase funds for HSIs to conduct R&D, expand infrastructure, curriculum and outreach capacity.

  • Seek to expand funding in other parts of Farm Bill

Strengthen k 20 pipeline 2007 requests
Strengthen K-20 Pipeline – 2007 Requests

  • $442.2M for Migrant Education Program

  • $44.85M for Drop Out Prevention

  • $42.1M for High School Equivalency Program/College Assistance Migrant Program (HEP-CAMP)

  • $325M for GEAR UP

  • $900M for TRIO

Contact information
Contact Information

Federal Government Relations Office

One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 605

Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (202) 833-8361

Fax: (202) 261-5082

Western Regional Office

915 L Street, Suite 1425

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 442-0392

Fax: (916) 446-4028