College Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students

Many scholarships help Hispanic and Latino students fund their degree. This guide provides a list of these opportunities as well as resources for challenges such as being the first in your family to attend college or being an undocumented student.

Many Latino, Latina and Hispanic students in this country face unique challenges when it comes to going to college. One of those challenges is figuring out how to pay for higher education. That's why we've compiled this guide - to give you a comprehensive starting place to find funds for college. In it, you'll find a list of scholarships that might apply to you, plus some handy information for navigating the process. Let's jump right in.

College Scholarships for Hispanic & Latino Students

Scholarships are free money to help students pay for education-related costs like tuition, books, fees and, sometimes, even living expenses. Unlike a student loan, scholarships do not need to be repaid. The qualifications vary, but many scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need, come from a particular background or have a certain trait. In the application process, you may be asked to send transcripts, provide financial documents, submit essays and/or get letters of recommendation from previous teachers.

Below we've compiled a list of several popular scholarships and divided them into categories to give you an idea of what's out there. One note on terms before we get started: Latin and Hispanic are often used colloquially to mean the same thing, but they are, in fact, different. Hispanic refers to people who speak Spanish or are the descendants of Spanish speakers while Latino/Latina refers to people from Latin American countries, which could include speakers of Portuguese, Dutch, English and French. This is important to note because some scholarships may use that distinction when evaluating candidates.

National Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarship

The HSF Scholarship was set up to help students with Hispanic heritage get a college degree. Awards are based on both merit and financial need and range from $500 to $5,000. Some of the eligibility requirements include:

  • A GPA of at least 3.0 for high school students
  • A GPA of at least 2.5 for undergraduate and graduate college students
  • Filling out the FAFSA
  • Being a U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, DACA or eligible non-citizen

The scholarship is open to all majors, but STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors may be given preference. February 15 is the deadline to turn in all applications.

Haz La U Scholarship

Sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Colgate-Palmolive, the Haz La U program awards $100,000 in scholarships to 31 students of Hispanic descent every year. Scholarships range from $2,000 to $15,000 and are awarded based on academic merit and a demonstrated track record of leadership in the community. Deadlines for this award vary every year, but information becomes available in September.

McDonald's HACER National Scholarship

The HACER National Scholarship doles out up to $100,000 in scholarships annually for students with at least one parent of Hispanic heritage. To qualify, you must:

  • Be a high school senior and 21 years of age or younger
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Submit two letters of recommendation, a personal statement and proof of community service

Winners are selected based on a combination of academic excellence, community involvement and financial need. The application period for this scholarship opens in the fall.

La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarship

Designed to fuel civic engagement in the Latino community, the La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarship offers awards between $500 and $1,000 to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a 4-year college. Applicants should also:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Have finished at least one year of undergraduate study
  • Reside in the United States
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a community leader, faculty member or administrator at their school

The deadline to apply is typically in October.

Degree-Specific Scholarships

Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) Scholarship

The ALPFA Scholarship is designed to help Latino students studying accounting or finance afford their college education. It's open to a fairly wide range of majors within this field, including international relations, human resources management, business administration, economics, hospitality management, information technology, management and marketing. Awards start at $500 and can go up to $5,000. Students need a GPA of 3.0 or better. The deadline for this scholarship is usually in April.

ExxonMobil Engineering Scholarship

ExxonMobile's engineering scholarship program awards twelve $2,000 scholarships and one $20,000 scholarship to Hispanic students who plan to study engineering and meet the following criteria:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Have a score of 1350 or higher on the SAT or 29 or above on the ACT
  • Lives in or near one of these cities: Oxnard, CA; San Diego, CA; Colorado Springs, CO; Miami, FL; Kansas City, MO; Philadelphia, PA; Bayamon, PR; Austin, TX; Corpus Christi, TX; Houston, TX; Albuquerque, NM; San Antonio, TX; Vancouver, WA; Dallas, TX; or El Paso, TX.
  • Are U.S. citizens or legally able to work in the country

This year's deadline has not yet been announced.

American Meteorological Society (AMS) Minority Scholarships

In an effort to increase diversity in the fields of atmospheric, oceanic and hydrologic science, the AMS offers a $6,000 scholarship to minority students (including Latino/Latina students) that is distributed over two years. To apply, one must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Plan to pursue a career in hydrologic, oceanic or atmospheric sciences
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher

All application materials are generally due in February.

Country-Specific Scholarships

Haitian American Leadership Award Scholarship

The National Association for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals awards $1,000 scholarships to Haitian and Haitian-American undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates must turn in their applications in April and meet the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a 2- or 4-year college or university
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2
  • Be an American citizen, have a student visa or be otherwise legally in the country
  • Submit a resume, an essay, a biography, a headshot and two letters of recommendation

Mas Family Scholarship

Sponsored by the prominent Cuban businessman, Jorge Mas, the Mas Family Scholarships provide an unspecified amount of free college money for students (sometimes for up to four years) who were born in Cuba or are of direct Cuban descent. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.5 and demonstrate financial need. They'll also need to:

  • Specify the tuition costs of the school they plan to attend
  • Fill out the FAFSA
  • Send in test scores (SAT or ACT)
  • Write a personal essay
  • Get two letters of recommendation

The application deadline is typically in November.

Central Indiana Community Foundation Mexican Scholarship

Any Indiana resident who is of Mexican descent can apply for the Central Indiana Community Foundation Mexican Scholarship, which is a program made up of multiple scholarships that award anywhere from $1,000 to several thousand dollars for higher education. Applicants must demonstrate their financial need and have a GPA of at least 3.0. Application due dates differ by scholarship.

Scholarships for Latinas or Hispanic Women

Chicana Latina Foundation Scholarship

The Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program offers several awards, each of which is worth $1,500. Applications are due by March 31, and candidates must meet these requirements:

  • Identify as a Latina or Chicana
  • Attend a school in one of these counties in Northern California: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, San Francisco, Sonoma, or Yolo
  • Lived in the above counties for at least two areas at the time of application
  • Agree to attend the CLF Leadership Institute and volunteer 10 hours for the organization

Young Latinas Leadership Institute Scholarship

Latina students who attend a City University of New York (CUNY) school are eligible for a scholarship program that also offers opportunities to participate in 100 Hispanic Women National, Inc. educational programs. To qualify for the Young Latinas Leadership Institute Scholarship, which offers $1,000 toward education costs for each year of undergraduate studies, applicants must:

  • Be a full-time, first-year Latina student at an accredited 4-year college or university
  • Have completed a FAFSA application
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and maintain a 3.0 or higher in college coursework
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Students must turn in their applications by December 25.

Lubbock Hispanic Association of Women Scholarship

20 Latina students can get up to $1,000 each through the Lubbock Hispanic Association of Women Scholarship. The application period generally starts on April 1, and completed applications must be submitted by the end of the month. Some qualifications for this scholarship include:

  • Being female
  • Graduating high school or being enrolled in a college in the Lubbock, Texas, area
  • Submitting a personal statement or essay
  • Attending or planning to attend an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university

Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Graduate Students

National Medical Fellowships Scholarships

The National Medical Fellowships has a wide range of scholarships for underrepresented students of color, including the Association of American Medical Colleges/Darrell G. Kirch, MD Scholarship ($10,000 each for eight students), the Zimmer Biomet/NMF Orthopaedic Scholarship ($5,000 each for five students) and the Colgate-Palmolive/NMF Dental Leadership Program ($5,000 each for two students). The eligibility requirements vary but there are a few general prerequisites. Students must be U.S. citizens or have a DACA approval letter, be currently enrolled in a healthcare-related graduate program and be part of an underrepresented demographic (including Latino/Hispanic). Due dates and application requirements vary by scholarship.

AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (AICPA) Fellowship for Minority Students program offers $12,000 scholarships for full-time doctoral students striving to become educators in the field of accounting; 25 of these scholarships were awarded in 2019. The eligibility requirements include:

  • Applying to or being enrolled in an accounting Ph.D. program accredited by the AACSB, ACBSP or IACBE
  • Completion of a master's degree or 3 years of experience in accounting
  • Being a minority student (including Hispanic/Latino)
  • Current Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or planning to become one
  • Being a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Candidates must turn in their applications by May 15.

American Political Science Association (APSA) Minority Fellowship Program

The American Political Science Association has been helping minority students pay for higher education since 1969. Each fall, the ASPA provides 12-14 graduate students of color who want to teach political science with $4,000 each in fellowship money. The requirements for this fellowship are released each September, but they generally include:

  • Be a member of a minority group, such as Latinos/as
  • Be interested in a research or teaching career in political science
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

There's spring fellowships up for grabs as well, worth between $500-$1,500; these scholarships are specifically for political science Ph.D. students in the pre-dissertation stage. The deadline for the spring fellowship is typically in March.

Applying for Scholarships as a Hispanic or Latino Student

Unless you are undocumented or part of the DACA program, the scholarship application process as a Hispanic or Latino student will be much like that of any other student. In all likelihood, you are eligible for all sorts of scholarships, including ones that have nothing to do with your race, ethnicity or language group. To apply, you'll often need to provide transcripts, demonstrate financial need, submit essays and get teachers or mentors to write a letter of recommendation for you. Some scholarships may also ask you to demonstrate your leadership qualities in the community or sit for an interview.

A great place to start your search for scholarships is the Scholarship Finder tool on the Career One Stop site. It's run by the US Department of Labor and offers a comprehensive database of opportunities to get free money for college. There, you can search and sort your results by degree-level, location, award type, gender and affiliation.

Here are a few more tips on applying for scholarships:

  • For the most part, applying for scholarships will cost you time and effort, not money. So, there's no reason not to apply to as many as you can. Even if you think you're a longshot, the more scholarships you apply for, the better your chances of landing one.

  • It's difficult to get your personality across on an application, but an essay can let people know who you are. Make it personal and ensure that it comes from the heart.

  • If filling out your applications on paper, use pencil and proofread to make sure there are no mistakes, like grammatical issues, typos or misspelled words.

  • Pay particular attention to deadlines; read the fine print and make sure you follow instructions to the letter.

Grants for Hispanic & Latino Students

The terms 'grant', 'scholarship', and fellowship are often used to mean the same thing -- free money for college. However, there are some important differences. While many scholarships are need-based, most have a merit-based element (volunteerism, leadership, academic achievement). Fellowships are similar to scholarships in that they are merit-based, but they differ in that they usually come with a research, internship, or post-graduate work requirement. Grants, on the other hand, are typically awarded primarily based on the financial needs of the student, though many also have minimum GPA requirements. Grants come from federal and state governments, private organizations and the schools themselves.

Texas Educational Opportunity Grant Program (TEOG)

To help students in the state of Texas tackle the financial challenges of college, the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant Program offers eligible students up to $5,876 per year for four years (or until they earn an associate's degree). Students need to be Texas residents, demonstrate financial need and be enrolled in a public technical, community or state college in the Lone Star state. Recipients also need to register for Selective Service (those applicable) and cannot have been convicted of a substance abuse-related crime or a felony. To apply, students need to fill out the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) or the FAFSA.

José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund

The José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund is designed to help Hispanic students in Florida pay for postsecondary education. Applicants must have Spanish heritage from the Caribbean, Central or South America, so students from Brazil, Haiti and Spain are not considered. To apply, students need to show that they have financial need by filling out the FAFSA and the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA). The grant is $2,000 per year, or $1,000 per semester, and can be renewed up to eight semesters if the student continues to meet the eligibility requirements. . Applicants must submit their FAFSA by April 1 to be considered.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program provides grants to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Awards range from $100 to $4,000 and are dependent on the student's need. Unlike Federal Pell Grants, FSEOG grants are given on a first-come, first-served basis; once the money is gone, no more will be issued, so it's important to apply as soon as possible. To apply, students should fill out the FAFSA.

Hispanic & Latino Student Challenges

Hispanic and Latino students face a variety of unique challenges when it comes to higher education. Lack of resources, families to support in another country, language barriers and a historical lack of opportunities have kept many of these students from pursuing a degree. In fact, while Latinos are the largest minority group in the U.S., they lag significantly behind other groups when it comes to degree attainment.

According to research from The Education Trust in 2016, only 22.6% of Latinos between the ages of 25 and 64 had a college degree, which was 10 percentage points behind the rate that the white population had a degree 30 years ago. Now that gap has practically doubled, with degrees earned by white students increasing to 47.1%. While efforts are being made in some circles to close this gap, progress has been slow -- since 2000, white degree attainment has outpaced Latino degree attainment by 2.5%.

There are a range of organizations, state grants and college scholarships that help students overcome challenges, such as being the first in their family to attend college, lacking the funds to pursue a degree and having a migrant lifestyle. Here is an overview of these resources.

First-Generation College Students

First-generation students are the first in their families to be accepted to and attend a college program. It's a significant achievement, and there are several scholarships around the country that award these students for their drive to succeed. Below you'll find a sampling of a few of them.

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Abroad Scholarship

The HACU IES Abroad Scholarship gives qualifying students a chance to receive up to $5,000 for a regular semester and $2,500 for a summer semester. Students also get the opportunity to travel abroad and study in locations around the world. Eligible applicants are:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • In demonstrable financial need
  • The first in their family to go to college (preference is given to these individuals)
  • In a standard (not customized) college program
  • Currently attending a school that is part of the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities

The deadline for fall applications is May 1 while spring applications must be submitted by November 1.

Dorrance Scholarship

First-generation college students in Arizona can get up to $12,000 a year toward an education at one of the state's three residential public universities through the Dorrance Scholarship. Recipients also get the chance to participate in enrichment activities, summer experiences and international travel. First-time applicants have to:

  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have scored at least 1100 on the SAT or at least 22 on the ACT
  • Have maintained a 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Agree to live on campus for the first and second years

There are several deadlines, but the main application must be received in early February.

First Generation Scholarship

Colorado residents who plan to attend the University of Colorado - Boulder, and whose parents do not have a bachelor's degree, can get $2,000 per year toward their college expenses. If they plan to live on campus, they might even be eligible for $4,000 for the first year of the scholarship. By March 13, candidates will need to complete the FAFSA and turn in an application. While in school, they're also asked to maintain a certain number of credits and academic achievement in order to be eligible for renewal.

Students with English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Learners (ELL) students are those whose first language is not English. This can be important in an educational setting where students need an advanced understanding of the language to keep up in the classrooms. Many colleges and organizations design financial aid opportunities specifically for these students. Most are confined to a particular school or region. Below we profile a few of them.

English Language Learning Foundation Scholarship

English language learners in the greater Cincinnati area (including Kentucky) may be eligible for $500 to $2,000 to continue their education at the postsecondary level through the English Language Learning Foundation Scholarship. Students who have been accepted to local trade schools, community colleges and 4-year universities are eligible. The program looks for candidates with financial need, at least a 2.5 GPA and 10 hours of community service. Applicants must submit an application, an essay and two letters of recommendation; the deadline is in December.

The Kathy Chatterton Memorial Scholarship

The Kathy Chatterton Memorial Scholarship awards $400 to ESL students enrolled at Los Angeles City College (LACC). Students have to be recommended by a faculty member in ESL, be enrolled in ESL levels 6 to 8 and have completed at least 12 units of ESL classes at LACC. They must also have the intention of graduating from LACC (or transferring to a 4-year university) and plan to enter a profession. The deadline for this scholarship is in April

Janet Hughes Mersereau Scholarship

Students at the University of Oregon who are part of the American English Institute (AEI)'s Intensive English Program can get much of their tuition covered thanks to the Janet Hughes Mersereau Scholarship. Recipients are chosen based on academic achievement, financial need and their goals after graduation from OU; the latter is expressed in essay form. Students must be admitted to the Intensive English Program, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and show bank statements. ELL students from Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela are given preference, though applications are acceepted from students of all nationalities.

Deadlines vary by semester: July 12 for the fall, October 25 for the winter, February 7 for the Spring and May 1 for the summer.

Migrant Workers and Children of Migrant Workers

Migrant workers are laborers who migrate, either within their country or to a foreign country, to do seasonal or temporary work, often in agriculture. These workers, and their children, are eligible for special programs that provide financial assistance for higher education. Below we'll profile a handful of them.

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), in association with the High School Equivalency Program (HEP), gives grants of $1,000 for two students per program each year. Applicants must have recently completed a HEP program, be enrolled in a postsecondary or trade school program and be a migrant worker or the child of a migrant worker. Deadlines are based on the semester and fall around January 15, May 15 and August 15 every year.

Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship

Children of migrant workers who want to become teachers can apply for the Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship. Preference is given to students who have been 'mobile' within the last three years. Aid is awarded based on financial need and academic accomplishment, and applications must be turned in by February 1.

Bobbi Ryder Migrant Health Champion Award

The National Center for Farmworker Health funds the Bobbi Ryder Migrant Health Champion Award, which offers $1,500 to students pursuing a degree program (5 scholarships available) and $1,000 for students pursuing other educational opportunities, such as certificates (3 scholarships available). The program encourages current and former farmworkers to apply. The deadline is at the end of March.

Undocumented Students

Graduating high school, applying to colleges and getting help paying for it -- it's a complicated process. Doing all of it as an undocumented student can be even more challenging. There's some good news, though. Just because you're undocumented doesn't mean you can't get a college education and find funds to help you afford it.

Financial Aid for Undocumented Students

The National Immigration Law Center defines undocumented immigrants as foreign nationals who entered the United States without inspection, by using fraudulent documents or legally, but then overstayed their visas. The Pew Research Group estimates that there were more than 10 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States as of 2017, the last year for which there is data.

Undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid, including Direct Student Loans, Federal Pell Grants and Federal Work-Study programs. This even includes those who are a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. However, these students may still be able to apply for financial aid offered by their state or their school, and there are many scholarship and grant opportunities designed specifically for undocumented students. Let's take a look at some of them.

States That Offer Financial Aid to Undocumented Students

Currently, Connecticut, California,Texas, Maryland, Minnesota, , New Mexico, New Jersey, Oregonand Washington have laws on the books that allow undocumented students to apply for state financial aid.

Many states even have their own Dream Acts. For instance, the state of California has the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption, more commonly known as AB 540. AB 540 allows students to receive aid regardless of the papers they have or their immigration status. It also gives these students access to in-state tuition prices, provided they meet the eligibility guidelines for the California Dream Act

In addition to those states, several other states allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition including: Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New York and Utah. Each state has its own requirements to qualify.

Some states have gone in the opposite direction, explicitly banning undocumented students from receiving in-state rates. These states include Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri and South Carolina.

Grants and Scholarships for Undocumented Students

The Scholarship America Dream Award is open to undocumented students who qualify for the DACA program. Awards range from $5,000-$15,000 and are based on demonstrated financial need and academic achievement (at least a 3.0 GPA). Students must be at least 17, have graduated from a high school in the United States and have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies. Applications are due in October.

The Golden Door Scholarship is specifically designed to help undocumented and DACA students achieve their dreams of a college education. The amount of aid varies, and students must attend one of the program's partner schools. In addition, prospective applicants need to meet the following requirements:

  • They must have arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16
  • Have lived in the U.S. since November of 2014
  • Have not been convicted of a crime
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be willing to apply for other scholarships
  • Submit an essay and provide information about extracurricular activities and leadership

The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute offers the Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders, for which DACA and undocumented students are eligible. It provides $1,000 for students attending 4-year colleges and $500 for students going to 2-year colleges. To be considered, applicants are asked to submit three essays, a resume and two letters of recommendation demonstrating their leadership qualities. These must be turned in by November 30.

FAFSA for Undocumented Students

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form students fill out to qualify for financial aid programs run by the federal government. It's the most common and easiest way to get access to funds for college. Unfortunately, you need a social security number to fill out the FAFSA, and many undocumented students are not eligible to receive one.

If your situation falls under the DACA program and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves you to work in the United States (you've received the I-766 Employment Authorization Card), you might be able to apply for a social security number and qualify for the aid that FAFSA offers.

If you don't meet the requirements for the FAFSA, you may still have options. The first thing to do is to go to your school's guidance office (high school) or financial aid office (college) and tell them your situation. They can help connect you to resources for which you might qualify. If you disclose your status to a representative at one of these offices, they are not required to share that information with authorities, like the USCIS or ICE. However, they may be able to share this information with some entities without your consent. The situations in which they can do this are detailed in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

If you are able to apply, your financial aid officer can tell you how to go about doing this according to their procedures. This might mean using 000-00-0000 for your or your parents' social security number on the application, or it might mean filling out state-specific paperwork. Each school is different.

Hispanic & Latino Friendly Colleges

Where you choose to go to school can have a big impact on your experience as a Latino or Hispanic student. So how can you tell if your preferred school offers a nurturing educational environment? There are a few telltale signs.

  • Is there an on-campus organization designed specifically for Hispanic and Latino students? For instance, Cal State University - Northridge offers the Dreamers, Resources, Empowerment, Advocacy and Mentorship (DREAM) Center, where undocumented and mixed-status students can gather for fellowship, get legal help, receive counseling and be walked through the process of finding scholarships and grants.
  • Are there clubs just for Latino and Hispanic students? Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, boasts the Latino Business Club where students can find networking and professional development opportunities and St. John's University in New York has the Latin American Student Organization (L.A.S.O.).
  • What's the Latino/Hispanic student population? Some of the schools with the highest populations of Hispanic and Latino students include Texas A&M International University (95%), Our Lady of the Lake University (76%), Florida International University (66.9%) and California State University - Los Angeles (65.6%).

Hispanic Serving Institutions

Another way to tell if your college might be a good fit is to look into the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) program. HSI was set up as part of Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965 in an effort to increase funding for programs that serve Hispanic students and ultimately increase educational quality and access. To qualify as an HSI, a program must meet several requirements; one of the biggest is a full-time, undergraduate student population that's at least 25% Hispanic.

In 1994, there were just 189 HSI schools. As of 2017, there are 523. Wondering if your school made the cut? Here's the most recent list of HSI schools.

Additional Resources for Hispanic & Latino Students

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) advocates for success in higher education in the Hispanic community. Although its member schools make up only 13% of the institutions of higher learning in the nation, they represent two-thirds of the Hispanic student population in the U.S.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

In addition to offering scholarships for Hispanic and Latino students, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has resources for managing the application process, prepping for college and finding other scholarships that might be a good fit.

Excelencia in Education

Excelencia in Education promotes programs that help fuel the success of Hispanic and Latino students, researches educational initiatives that are working and provides a network wherein these students can connect.


TheDream is the country's largest organization devoted to helping DACA and undocumented students get funding for education. This includes hooking students up with scholarships, supporting them as they move through their educational careers and advocating for them by partnering with colleges and state and federal government agencies.


Founded in 1961, ASPIRA's mission is to improve educational pathways for Puerto Rican and other Hispanic youth, encouraging them to stay in school, providing leadership opportunities and helping them serve the community. There are more than 85,000 student members that take part in ASPIRA Clubs, after-school programs and counseling services.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) fights for civil rights and educational opportunities in the Mexican and broader Hispanic community in America. Students can find resources like scholarship guides, leadership programs and connections to partner groups like the Campaign for College Opportunity.

I'm First

I'm First is a network of students who are the first in their families to go to college. The program provides free mentoring, college guidance and unique programs that support first-generation students.

Migrant Students Foundation

The Migrant Students Foundation provides scholarship resources, internship opportunities and job connections specifically for migrants and the children of migrants.


BigFuture is a non-profit organization that acts as a portal for all things related to educational success,e including SAT resources, college searches to help you find the right fit, financial aid help, career guidance and more.


FastWeb is a huge resource for all aspiring and current college students. It provides a portal to all things to do with finding money for college, including financial aid, grants, work-study programs, loans and scholarships.

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