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Higher Education Act (HEA) Title III and V Grant Programs Eligibility

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    84.031A; 84.031C; 84.031L; 84.031M; 84.031N; 84.031R; 84.031S; 84.031V; 84.031W; 84.031X; 84.382ABC

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)


    The Higher Education Act is home to a number of competitive grant programs under Title III and V. To access funds through these programs, Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) must go through a two part process.

    1. Confirm eligibility to apply for Title III and V programs, or submit an eligibility waiver.
    2. Submit application materials to the Title III or V program of your choice.

    The Aid for Institutional Development programs (commonly referred to as the Title III programs) support improvements in educational quality, management and financial stability at qualifying post-secondary institutions. Funding is focused on institutions that enroll large proportions of minority and financially disadvantaged students with low per-student expenditures. From its inception, one of the primary missions of the Title III programs has been to support the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The Title III programs have been expanded to support American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities and Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions, as well as other minority-serving institutions. The Title III programs also include the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program.

    The Title V programs strengthen institutions serving Hispanic and other low-income students. The Title V programs, as well as the Title III programs, provide financial assistance to help institutions solve problems that threaten their ability to survive, to improve their management and fiscal operations, and to build endowments.


    History of Funding

    Please visit the individual HEA Title III and V program pages to see information about previous awardees.

    Additional Information

    The Department lists the following programs (click on a grant name below to be taken to that program's website) as available under Title III:

    The Department lists the following programs (click on a grant name below to be taken to that program's website) as available under Title V:

    Note that while the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP - is technically not a Title III or V grant opportunity, the Title III and V eligibility data (i.e. minority student enrollment) is used to determine an institution's MSEIP program eligibility.


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  • Eligibility Details

    To be eligible for HEA Title III or V programs, an institution of higher education's average œeducational and general expenditures (E&G) per full-time equivalent (FTE) undergraduate student must be less than the average E&G expenditures per FTE undergraduate student of institutions that offer similar instruction in that year.

    Pending this initial calculation or approval of the waiver, institutions must then meet further qualifications based on the specific grant program under the HEA for which they wish to apply.

    The Department has instituted a process known as the Eligibility Matrix (EM), under which they will use information submitted by IHEs to IPEDS to determine which institutions meet the basic eligibility requirements for the programs authorized by Title III or Title V of the HEA. The Department will use enrollment and fiscal data for the 2015-2016 year submitted by institutions to IPEDS to make eligibility determinations for FY 2019.

    Beginning January 29, 2019, an institution will be able to review the Department's decision on whether it is eligible for the grant programs authorized by Titles III or V of the HEA through this process by checking the institution's eligibility in the Eligibility system linked through the Department's Institutional Service Eligibility website at:‹about/‹offices/‹list/‹ope/‹idues/‹eligibility.html.

    If the entry for your institution in the EM shows that your institution is automatically eligible (green color coding) to apply for a grant for a particular program and you plan to submit an application for a grant in that program, you will not need to apply for eligibility or for a waiver through the process described in this summary. Rather, you may print out the eligibility letter directly. However, if the EM does not show that your institution is automatically eligible (yellow color coding) for a program in which you plan to apply for a grant, you must submit a waiver request as discussed in this summary before the deadline. Note that eligibility designation for waivers are effective for one year: from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

    The previous FY19 eligibility matrix is available here:

    Eligibility for 2019 for main campuses was pre-determined using data from the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Eligible main campuses do not need to complete an application. Branch campuses will be required to log in to submit an application. You may search for your institution to determine if your institution is eligible and download your approval letter here:

    Deadline Details

    The 2019 application window to apply for a waiver of the eligibility matrix standing is available from January 29 until February 28, 2019. Those applicants approved for 2019 eligibility waiver letters are expected to be announced by April 2019.

    Please see for more information. Note that eligibility designation for waivers only of the non-federal cost share is effective for one year: from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

    A similar eligibility confirmation timeline is anticipated annually.

    See for the forecast of when the individual Title III and V programs are expected to open.

    Provided approved eligibility status, applicants are able to submit full proposals to the relevant HEA Title III and V grants. Those full propsal deadlines will vary based on the specific funding program and occur on annual, biennial, or quintennial cycles.

    Award Details

    Award amounts will vary based on the specific HEA Title III or V program to which your organization eventually will apply.

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