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    "Humankind has not woven the Web of Life, we are but one thread within it.
    Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
    All things are bound together, all things connect."  -- Chief Seattle

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    Get an Early Start

    Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Available on October 1st every year!

    Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward getting federal aid for college, career school, or graduate school.  There are more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds each year, but you have to complete the FAFSA to see if you can get any of that money. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.  In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.  If you think you don't qualify, read Financial Aid Myths.

    Tribal Scholarship Information

      • Tribal Scholarship List (courtesy of UA Native American Student Affairs)

        There is not a uniformed criterion for the selected few tribal scholarships. Please search for your specific tribe if it is not listed. The scholarships have tribal enrollment requirements for each respective tribe holding the scholarship. Tribal enrollment criteria are set forth in tribal constitutions, articles of incorporation or ordinances. The criterion varies from tribe to tribe, so uniform membership requirements do not exist.

    Scholarship/Financial Aid Resources

    Scholarships for American Indian Students - resources maintained by BIE

    American Indian College Fund Scholarship Information 

    American Indian Services Scholarship 

    FastWeb - online resource to scholarships, colleges, financial aid

    Financial Aid for Native American Students - online resource

    Paying for College Information Booklet (PDF) - resource compilation


    Specific Scholarships


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    College Listings


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    Meet Charlinda
    Watch this video of how one Native student overcame being away from home. "Charlinda eventually learned about student organizations designed especially for Native Americans. Through these, she found mentors, tutors and Native American upperclassmen who offered valuable advice. Now she feels right at home."

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    Other Resources

    National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
    The NACAC website provides tools for transitioning from high school to college. Tools provided include college preparation, college search, applying to college, paying for college, and succeeding in college. 

    Developing Your Vision (PDF)
    "Education is part of the web of life. We learn from our elders…we learn from nature. In the process, we learn to honor and support our own cultural roots and traditions. This information is devoted to helping you make a college education a reality so your knowledge can benefit you, your family, and your tribe. Now is the time for discovering your natural abilities and interests. Your education is a building block toward selfconfidence. While you’re learning math and science, you also should be learning about your culture and rich history. You are a thread in the web of life."

    Sources for Native American Grants: Tribal Colleges and More
    A great information resource for students that need assistance in researching their Native American ancestory to apply for scholarships/grants.  This site offers links to the resources needed to verify tribal heritage. 

    Native American students have historically been under-represented in colleges and universities across the country. In an effort to address this imbalance, a large number of College grant programs, both private and public, have appeared to give financial aid to Native Americans dreaming of a college education.  Unfortunately, many students are not aware of these valuable programs, and miss out on the available financial aid. If you are of Native American ancestry, and are looking for ways to pay for college, then there are plenty of programs designed to help you. The trick is knowing where, and how, to look.


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