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An ethnic origin of a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

Major Area of Concentration

The CIP code of the continuing education program major or the continuing education focus. The former takes precedence over the latter. All major codes in continuing education programs must match to a Coordinating Board-approved program in the Education and Training Clearinghouse Technical Program Inventory for the institution (district). If the student is not enrolled in a continuing education program, the institution chooses the CIP of the courses involving the most contact hours as the educational focus.

Native Hawaiian

The race of a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

Pacific Islander

The race of a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

Part-Time Student

An undergraduate student enrolled for either 11 semester credits or less, or less than 24 contact hours per week each term, or a graduate student enrolled for 8 semester credits or less.


A category used to describe a group to which an individual belongs, identifies with, or belongs in the eyes of the community. The categories do not denote scientific definitions of anthropological origins. A person may be counted in more than one group.

Student Financial Aid

Funds from various sources awarded to students, generally on the basis of merit or need, to help defray the cost of living, tuition, and other expenses while attending an institution of higher education. Such funds may be in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, or student employment.

Transfer Student

A student entering the reporting institution for the first time and who is known to have previously attended another institution at the same level (e.g., undergraduate to undergraduate, graduate to graduate; not undergraduate to graduate). This does not include an institution’s own graduates who enter for further education.

Tuition and Fees

Also known as revenues, the amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit. Required fees are those fixed sums that are charged to students for items not covered by tuition and that are required of such a large proportion of all students that the student who does not pay the charge is an exception. The base tuition charge should be assessed only once during each term, regardless of the length of the term or the start date of the class.

Tuition Exemption

Enter the eligibility of the student to get the aid (Exemption/Waiver code). Enter the tuition fee impact, whether it is through the COA or financial aid. Enter the award amount or the fee amount charged.