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Become an HSIs Advocate

HACU's Position 
HACU leads the way on efforts to support and advocate on behalf of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). Sign up to receive our policy updates and timely calls to action.

Join the HACU Advocacy Center. Become an HSIs advocate and lend your voice of strong support for policies that will strengthen the ability of your institution to fulfil the purpose of HEA Title V and similar programs to "educate Hispanic and other low-income individuals."

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are defined in the Higher Education Act as not-for-profit institutions of higher learning with a full-time equivalent (FTE) undergraduate student enrollment that is at least 25 percent Hispanic.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are at the forefront of efforts to increase educational access and success for the nation’s Hispanic citizens. Based on U.S. Department of Education’s most recent IPEDS data (2019-20 enrollment data), there are 569 HSIs in 28 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. And, driven by demographic trends, the number of HSIs is rapidly growing.

HACU, with the support of its membership, continues to work both independently and in collaboration with other educational associations and organizations to achieve HACU’s public policy priorities for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, increase HSIs related federal funding, student aid policies, and other federal legislative and funding objectives that will enhance the infrastructure and quality of HSIs.

With stronger federal and state support, HSIs can increase access and achievement for Hispanics in higher education and help develop an outstanding workforce for the nation.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela