In 2013, UNLV become an eligible Title III and Title V institution by the Department of Education. UNLV was awarded Nevada’s first Title III grant in 2015 (AANAPISI Part A). UNLV received a second grant (AANAPISI Part F) in 2016. In 2020, UNLV received its third Title III AANAPISI Part A grant that will serve more than 1,000 UNLV students (low-income, first-generation, and those who need academic support) over the five-year grant period.
Qualification for these designations requires that institutions meet specific primary indicators that include diversity of the student body by race and ethnicity. To qualify, institutions also must have at least 50 percent of their degree students receiving need-based assistance under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, or have a substantial number of enrolled students receiving Pell Grants, and have low educational and general expenditures.
What does this mean for UNLV?
UNLV embraces and promotes the diversity of its students and has demonstrated its commitment and support through its comprehensive academic and campus life programs and initiatives. The federal AANAPISI, HSI, and MSI designations affirm this work and entitle the university to compete for grants under Title III and Title V of the Higher Education Act.
Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI)
Institutions serving a large population of Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander students have also been designated as an MSI. The term, “Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution,” refers to an institution of higher education that is eligible under section 312(b) and at the time of application, has an enrollment of undergraduate students who are Asian American or Native American Pacific Islander that is not less than 10%. (ed.gov, 2011)
The goal of AANAPISI is to increase retention, persistence, and completion rates and to expand UNLV’s capacity to offer web-based undergraduate courses in computer science. Key services include academic tutoring; counseling (i.e., academic, undergraduate financial aid, career, and graduate/professional school admissions and financial aid); frequent, ongoing academic-progress monitoring; and financial-literacy instruction.
Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI)
The Higher Education Act, 20 USCA Section 1101a defines a Hispanic-Serving Institution as an institution of higher education that is an eligible institution; at the time of application, has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25% Hispanic; and provides assurances that not less than 50% of its Hispanic students are low-income individuals. (IPEDS, 2011).