Many Hispanic Serving Institutions struggle to get the necessary funding to support the growing Latino college student population. Dr. Antonio Flores, president and chief executive officer of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), outlines the gap and makes the case for supporting HSIs:
Regrettably, HSIs remain at the bottom with respect to federal funding. They receive, on average, a mere 66 cents for every federal dollar going to all institutions annually per student (HACU analysis of IPEDS 2007-08 data). Unless this wide gap is closed expeditiously, HSIs will not have the necessary resources to increase their capacity to serve their fast-growing learning communities.