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Higher Education

The Higher Education program promotes and fosters higher education among eligible enrolled tribal citizens by providing financial aid, education information, guidance, academic planning, counseling and assistance to eligible tribal citizens who attend accredited college or university institutions. Eligibility Requirements

Scholarship Programs

  • The College Student Assistance (CSA) Program provides financial aid to tribally enrolled citizens within the compact service area who are attending, or plan to attend, an accredited college or university in the pursuit of education degree programs, specifically post-secondary education.
  • The Alumni Scholarship Assistance Program (ASAP) provides annual scholarship awards to all tribally enrolled citizens regardless of service area, community affiliation, origination, residence, tribal compact or signatory status. Application period is July 1 through September 15 annually.

Award amounts are based on how much funding is raised annually through memorial donations, private donations, vendor/associate solicitations, and the Annual Spring King Salmon Derby.

Recognizing that Higher Education funding is supplemental in nature, tribal citizens are expected to take advantage of institution sponsored financial aid programs to assist with college costs.

Application Filing

Applicant files containing the following will be considered for award:

  • Completed College Student Assistance application.
  • Official high school, college transcripts or GED scores, whichever is most recent, indicating an overall 2.0 GPA or better.
  • Tribal Enrollment Verification form.
  • Letter of Admission/Acceptance (LOA) from the college/university student is attending.
  • Any other documentation/verification as requested.

Application Deadline: The CSA application must be received and/or post-marked by May 15. (An application received after the deadline are put on a wait-list pending additional funding.)

Award Process

Applications are processed based on points (noted below), date applicant’s file is deemed complete, and ability to show unmet financial need. Applicants compiling the most points will receive the highest consideration for funding. An accumulation of 0-50 points is applied based on the following criteria:

  • 30 points for applicants currently residing in a Central Council compact service area;
  • 15 points for applicant graduating from a high school or having earned their GED within a Central Council compact service area; and
  • 5 points for applicant who can trace their family origin to a Central Council compact service area.

Award Notification

July 15

Wait-Listed Applications

Applications are not considered complete until all documentation is on file with the Higher Education office. All new applicants are automatically put on the wait-list pending award processing (late June through July 15). Award consideration is based on the following:

  • Availability of funds at the conclusion of the scholarship awarding process;
  • Dates of receipt, completion of application and accumulated application criteria points; or
  • Replacement of a student who has withdrawn from the CSA program or dropped out.

For more information, please contact VTRC | Higher Education:
Toll Free: 1.800.344.1432 ext. 7329 | Direct: 907.463.7329 | Fax: 907.463.7321