He feels that if he is "hispanic or latino" that he will undoubtedly have easier admissions criteria and access to additional financial aid that he wouldn't get if he were merely caucasian. He's thinking of checking the "hispanic or latino" box on the application. U.S. official use of the term "Hispanic" has its origins in the 1970 census. The Census Bureau attempted to identify all Hispanics by use of the following criteria in sampled sets: * Spanish speakers and persons belonging to a household where Spanish was spoken * Persons with Spanish heritage by birth location * Persons who self-identify with Spanish ancestry or descent Hispanic (Spanish: hispano, hispÃ¡nico) is a term that originally denoted a relationship to the ancient Hispania (geographically coinciding with the Iberian Peninsula). During the modern era, it sometimes takes on a more limited meaning, relating to the contemporary nation of Spain. So, anyone who "self identifies with spanish ancestry or descent" is "hispanic or latino". If his mother's side has spanish ancestry, or if he "self identifies" with spanish ancestry, then he can check the box and get all the additional aid. Right? What do you guys think?