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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.

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. CSA applications must be received and/or post-marked by May 15. (All applications received after the deadline will be put on a wait-list pending additional funding.)
  • 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.

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  • Replacement of a student who has withdrawn from the CSA program or dropped out.

Eligibility Requirements and Award Process (please check back soon)

For more information, please contact Higher Education:
Toll Free: 1.800.344.1432 ext. 7329 | Local: 907.463.7329 | Fax: 888.965.9102