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Higher Education_Institutional Aid - #84.031

Eligible institutions may apply under Part A, B or Part F of Title III. Part A includes Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP), the American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian serving (ANNH) institutions, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving Institutions (AANAPISI), Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI and Predominatly Black Institutions (PBIs). Part B includes the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) program and the Historically Black Graduate Institutions (HBGIs) program. Part A provides funds to eligible institutions to plan, develop, and implement activities for development of faculty, funds, and administrative management, and improvement of academic programs, acquisition of equipment for use in strengthening academic programs and institutional management, and joint use of facilities such as libraries, laboratories, and student services. Part B provides funds to undergraduate HBCUs and graduate HBGIs. Funds may be used for purchase, rental, or lease of scientific equipment; construction, maintenance, renovation, improvement in classroom, library and other instructional facilities; support of faculty exchanges and fellowships; academic instruction in disciplines in which Blacks are underrepresented, purchase of library books, periodicals, and other educational materials; tutoring, counseling, and student services; funds and administrative management; acquisition of equipment for use in funds management; endowment funds; and joint use of facilities. Title V, Part A, Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) program provides funds to eligible HSIs for activities such as: faculty development; funds and administrative management; development and improvement of academic programs; endowment funds; curriculum development; scientific or laboratory equipment for teaching; construction or renovation of instructional facilities; joint use of facilities; academic tutoring; counseling programs; student support services, purchase of educational materials; articulation agreements; creating facilities for distance learning technologies; teacher education programs; K-12 community outreach programs; and the expansion of graduate and professional programs. Title V, Part B: Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans program provides funds to eligible HSIs for activities such as: purchase or rental of scientific or laboratoray equipment; construction or renovation of instructional facilities; purchase of educational materials; support for low-income postbaccalaureate students; support of academic instruction and faculty and curricular development; creating facilities for distance learning technologies; and collaboration with other institutions of higher education to expand postbaccalaureate offerings. Title III, Part F, Section 371 authorizes funds for Hispanic Serving Institutions STEM and Articulation Programs to support the kinds of activities being supported under the existing Title V program, except that priority is given for applications that propose to increase the number of Hispanic and other low income students attaining degrees in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to applications that propose to develop model transfer and articulation agreements between the 2-year and 4-year HSIs in such fields. Funds provided for Title III and Title V may not be used for activities other than those in an approved application, activities that are inconsistent with any applicable State plan of higher education or State plan for desegregation, a school or department of divinity or any religious worship or sectarian activity; general operating and maintenance expenses; indirect costs; or supplanting of other funds available to the institution. These programs are subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 76.563. For assistance call the Office of Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 377-3838.

Institutions must document that they are accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or that they are making satisfactory progress toward such accreditation. A 4-year institution must have authority to award a bachelor's degree. A 2-year institution must offer a program acceptable for full credit towards a bachelor's degree, or a two year program in engineering, mathematics, or the physical or biological sciences designed to prepare the student to work as a technician at a semiprofessional level. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

(a) Under Title III and Title V, the Department appoints review panels to provide comments and recommend ratings for the applications. The reviewers numerically rate each application assigned and provide the Secretary with comments on each. Criteria are published in the Federal Register along with the point value for each criterion. (b)Under HBCUs and HBGIs, funds are allocated based on a statute-driven formula. To be eligible to receive a grant under the Strengthening HBCUs program, an institution must be designated by the Secretary of Education as a Historically Black College or University. HBGIs receiving discretionary grants are specified in the program statute.

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