West Hills College Lemoore and West Hills College Coalinga have been designated Hispanic Serving Institutions for the second year in a row by the United States Department of Education.
As a result, both campuses are eligible for a waiver of non-federal share matching requirements for numerous federal programs and are able to apply for specific grants only open to Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI).
“We are very excited to once again be designated a Hispanic Serving Institution,” said Anita Wright, director of grants for the West Hills Community College District. “We are proud to be an HSI and receiving this designation will also allow us to continue exploring ways to help our students achieve success.”
In order to receive the designation, institutions must document that more than 25 percent of the students enrolled are Hispanic, that more than 50 percent of students receive need-based financial aid and that each college’s per student expense doesn’t exceed the federal per capita expense requirement.
At WHCL, 58.3 percent of students received Pell grants with 58.4 percent at WHCC, which exceeded the threshold needed to qualify as a Hispanic Serving Institution. WHCC reported that 72.5 percent of students are in the minority population and WHCL reported 63.7 percent.
As an eligible institution, both campuses are able to access more federal funding opportunities.