As an eligible institution under the Strengthening Institutions Program and the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program, Texas Tech will be eligible to apply for up to $8 million in funding.
Texas Tech University has officially been deemed an eligible institution of higher education by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) under the Strengthening Institutions Program, also known as Title III, and the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program, or Title V. Both programs are part of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
As a designated institution, Texas Tech is eligible beginning in May 2019 to apply for up to $8 million in additional funding provided by Titles III and V, which help eligible institutions become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve and increase retention rates, especially among low-income and Hispanic students.
“Being deemed eligible to apply for these funds has important implications for student success and distinguishes Texas Tech among the Carnegie Tier One research universities,” said Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec. “Potential funding from these programs will allow for the development and enhancement of support services for all students, as well as innovative research projects and improved facilities.”
In fall 2017, Texas Tech met the DOE enrollment criteria to be recognized as an HSI beginning in 2019. Grants available through Title V assist HSIs in expanding educational opportunities, increasing retention rates and expanding and enhancing academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability for Hispanic students.
Title III funding helps an institution improve and strengthen academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability. These funds can be used for faculty development, establishing endowment funds, construction and maintenance of instructional facilities, and creating or expanding student service programs.
As a designated institution, Texas Tech is now eligible for a waiver of the non-federal share matching requirements under the Federal Work Study Program, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program, the Federal TRIO Student Support Services Program and the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program. The university also is eligible to apply for grants from other entities that provide funding based on these designations, like the National Science Foundation.
“The granting of this waiver is an important element in the university's continued progress toward taking full advantage of our upcoming HSI status,” said Ashley Gonzales, senior director of First Generation Transition & Mentoring Programs, the Office of Academic Enrichment and the Dream Resource Center. “This standing makes Texas Tech more competitive for funding that benefits research and creativity, teaching and a variety of programs and support services that benefit students from all racial and ethnic groups.”