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Applications for New Awards; Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM and Articulation Program

SUMMARY:

The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications (NIA) for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) STEM and Articulation Program, Assistance Listing Number 84.031C. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1894-0006.

DATES:


Applications Available: April 30, 2021.

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 14, 2021.


Purpose of Program: The HSI STEM and Articulation Program supports eligible HSIs (as defined in section 502 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) (20 U.S.C. 1101a)) in developing and carrying out activities described in section 503(b) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1101b (b)) to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students attaining degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and to develop model transfer and articulation agreements between two-year HSIs and four-year institutions in such fields.


Background: Given the growth in the Hispanic population, taking steps to increase the number of Hispanic students with STEM credentials is critical to the future workforce and economy of the United States. The number of Hispanic students graduating with a postsecondary degree has increased in recent years; however, these students continue to be significantly underrepresented in the total number of students earning STEM credentials.

The Department has promoted college retention, affordability, and completion, especially for students of color and low-income students through various policy initiatives. This competition specifically acknowledges the importance of student-centered programs that will increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students who graduate with degrees in STEM fields, as well as the need to promote support systems to ensure that community college students will continue to pursue STEM degrees once enrolled at a four-year institution.


HSIs interested in applying to this grant program should examine the alignment of their mission and current strategic plan with the needs of the target population and surrounding community to develop, enhance, and implement practice and policies that best promote student success, specifically for Hispanic and low-income students.


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