Applying for financial aid from your tribe also requires filling out paperwork and
meeting deadlines. Contact your tribe as early as possible about the process you
need to follow. Some tribes begin considering applications January 1 for the fall
semester. The first students in line for financial aid have the best chance of receiving
You may need to provide the following documents:
- Certificate of Degree of Indian blood.
- Tribal enrollment.
- High school transcripts, GED score, or grades or transcripts from a previous college
- Letter(s) of acceptance from your college or university.
- Financial needs analysis from the college(s); this must be sent by the college's
financial aid office.
Keep a copy of any forms you submit to your tribe. Ask when you can expect to hear
from them, and mark the date on your calendar. Most likely, you will receive a letter
from the tribe notifying you of its award decision. The tribe also will send this
information to the college(s) you plan to attend. However, if you do not hear by
the date promised, contact your tribe. Ask where they are in the process of reviewing