About the White House Initiative

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Initiative) was originally established by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community. Since then, the call to address these within the Hispanic community has been recognized by Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush and more recently by President Barack Obama through the renewal of the Initiative.

Today, through public‐private partnerships and in concert with the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Commission), the Initiative advances a strategic policy and outreach agenda to tackle critical education challenges:

  • Improving availability of and access to high quality early learning programs for Hispanic children;
  • Dramatically increasing the number of Hispanic high school graduates;
  • Ensuring more Hispanics students enroll in and more importantly, complete college.

All of this is focused on getting students college and career ready for the jobs of the 21st‐century and to guarantee they can compete globally, restoring the United States to being first in the world in terms of proportion of college graduates.

Partnership between CHCI and the Initiative

On October 1, 2014, CHCI and the Initiative entered into an agreement aimed at advancing the mutual goal of increasing educational attainment for Hispanics and for America to once again lead  the world in college graduates. The partnership will highlight the resources that CHCI and the Initiative have available to students and parents who wish to prepare for and pay for college, while learning about professional development opportunities that they may be eligible to apply for. 

Below you will find valuable resources presented by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and the U.S. Department of Education to help students and families as they navigate the higher education financial aid process.

We hope you find this information useful and encourage you to share our website and information with your peers, parents, teachers, and guidance counselors.

Resources for Students and Parents

 ¡Graduate! Financial Aid Guide to Success BILINGUAL

The Initiative has created the ¡Gradúate! Financial Aid Guide to Success (Guide) to help Hispanic students and families navigate the college application process. The Guide provides recommended steps for the college enrollment process, helpful tips on filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and key financial aid resources available to better support Hispanics, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and non U.S. citizen students, in their efforts to access a postsecondary education.


Educational Resources for New Arrivals & DACA Students
The U.S. Department of Education's page dedicated to providing information and resources for students who are newly arrived in the United States or who have received, or are planning to request, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Federal Student Aid