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Federal Grant Proves Elusive for Certain Colleges

More than 200 colleges and universities are eligible to receive federal funding designated for institutions with large numbers of Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander students this year, but the majority are not applying.

Just 32 of 192 eligible institutions received this funding last year, according to a report from the Postsecondary National Policy Institute.

Experts say a lack of knowledge about the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander–serving institutions, or the federal designation AANAPISI—it formally became the newest of the 11 minority-serving institution designations in 2007—and its competitive nature contribute to this disparity.

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