History of AANAPISIs

History of AANAPISIs

AANAPISIs are colleges and universities that have been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as eligible for the AANAPISI grant program: an institution must have an undergraduate enrollment of at least 10 percent AAPI students and a significant enrollment of needy students. AANAPISI grants are to be used for improving and expanding the college’s capacity to serve these students. Nearly one-in-10 of all AAPI undergraduates attend one of the first eight AANAPISI grantee institutions.

The AANAPISI program, one of eight federally designated Minority Serving Institution (MSI) programs, was established by Congress in 2007 as part of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. It was expanded in 2008 under the Higher Education Opportunity Act. The program is funded in part through a mandatory portion of the federal budget and in part through annual congressional appropriations.

For more information on the AANAPISI program, including eligibility criteria and application instructions, please visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/aanapi/index.html.