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In-state tuition for American Indians who have origins in any of the original people of North America and who maintain a cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition with one or more of the tribes or nations connected historically with the present state of Iowa.
University of Maine Tuition waiver and scholarship that covers room and board for members of historical tribe of Maine area OR a resident of Maine from any federally recognized or Canadian tribe. Student can be tribally enrolled OR have a parent or grandparent enrolled.
Tuition waiver for historical Massachusetts area tribes who are Massachusetts residents.
Tuition waiver for residents of Michigan enrolled in a Michigan tribe.
Please contact: Diversity Enrichment Programs; 550 Parrington Oval; Norman, OK 73019; 405-325-3742.
•Utah and Washington
In-state tuition rate for American Indian/Alaska Natives students whose tribes are from the state or neighboring states.
Fort Lewis College at Durango-Student must be 1/4 Native American OR enrolled in a federally recognized tribe OR a direct decedent of a tribal member who lived on a reservation prior to June 1, 1934.
Colorado State University through the Native American Cultural Center offers the Native American Legacy Award to members of 93 tribes which were original occupants of Colorado. See web site: www.NACC.colostate.edu or http://admissions.colostate.edu/nativeamerican/ for details. This award allows for in state tuition rate plus $500 per year to members of federally recognized tribes.
Haskell Indian Nations University – Students do not need to be tribally enrolled, but must document 1/4 or more tribal descent.
MT University System *Tuition waiver for MT residents enrolled in a federally recognized tribe.
U of MN, Morris -Student must be enrolled in a federally recognized tribe, a parent or grandparent must be enrolled.
North Dakota State Colleges and Universities
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•Alaska, Arizona, Kansas
Contact: P.O. Box 749 Barrow, Alaska 99723 907-852-3333 Toll-free (Alaska only): 1-800-478-7337 fax: 907-852-2729
Contact: P. O. Box 126 Tsaile, AZ 86556 928-724-6671 fax: 928-724-3327
–Tohono O’odham Community College
Contact: P.O. Box 3129 Sells, AZ 85634 520-383-8401 fax: 520-383-8403
–Haskell Indian Nations University
155 Indian Avenue P. O. Box 5030 Lawrence, KS 66046-4800 785-749-8479 fax: 785-749-8411
–Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
Contact: 2284 Enterprise Drive Mount Pleasant, MI 48858 989-775-4123 fax: 989-772-4528
-Minnesota Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Contact: 2101 14th Street Cloquet, MN 55720-2964 218-879-0800 fax: 218-879-0814
-Leech Lake Tribal College
Contact: Rt. 3, Box 100 Cass Lake, MN 56633 218-335-4200 fax: 218-335-4215 lltc.edu
–White Earth Tribal and Community College
210 Main Street South P. O. Box 478 Mahnomen, MN 56557 218-935-0417 fax: 218-935-0423
–Montana Blackfeet Community College
P. O. Box 819 Browning, MT 59417 406-338-7755 fax: 406-338-3272
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•Michigan Bay Mills Community College
Contact: 12214 West Lakeshore Drive Brimley, MI 49715 906-248-3354 fax: 906-248-3351
•Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
Contact: 111 Beartown Rd, PO Box 519
Contact: P. O. Box 98 Lame Deer, MT 59043 406-477-6215 fax: 406-477-6219
Contact: P. O. Box 159 Harlem, MT 59526 406-353-2607 fax: 406-353-2898
Contact: P. O. Box 398 Poplar, MT 59255 406-768-6300 fax: 406-768-5552
Contact: P. O. Box 370 Crow Agency, MT 59022 406-638-3100 (main number) fax: 406-638-3169
Contact: P. O. Box 117 Pablo, MT 59855 406-275-4800 fax: 406-275-4801
Contact: RR1, Box 1082 Box Elder, MT 59521 406-395-4875 fax: 406-395-4836
•Nebraska Nebraska Indian Community College
Contact: College Hill P. O. Box 428 Macy, NE 68039 402-837-5078 fax: 402-837-4183
Contact: P. O. Box 270 Winnebago, NE 68071 402-878-2380 fax: 402-878-2355
•New Mexico Navajo Technical College
Contact: P. O. Box 849 Crownpoint, NM 87313 505-786-4100 fax: 505-786-5644
•Institute of American Indian Arts
Contact: 83 Avan Nu Po Road Santa Fe, NM 87505 505-424-2300 fax: 505-424-0050
•Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
Contact: P. O. Box 10146 9169 Coors Road, NW Albuquerque, NM 87184 505-346 2347 fax: 505-346-2343
•North Dakota Cankdeska Cikana (Little Hoop) Community College
Contact: P. O. Box 269 Fort Totten, ND 58335 701-766-4415 fax: 701-766-4077
•Fort Berthold Community College
Contact: 220 Eighth Avenue North P. O. Box 490 New Town, ND 58763 701-627-4738 fax: 701-627-3609
Contact: 1341 92nd Street Fort Yates, ND 58538 701-854-3861 fax: 701-854-3403
•Turtle Mountain Community College
Contact: P. O. Box 340 Belcourt, ND 58316 701-477-7862 fax: 701-477-7807
•United Tribes Technical College
Contact: 3315 University Drive Bismarck, ND 58504 701-255-3285 fax: 701-530-0605
•Oklahoma College of the Muskogee Nation
Contact: 600 N Mission Okmulgee, OK 74447 918-758-1480 fax: 918.293.5313
Contact: 1608 SW 9th Street Lawton, OK 73501 580.591,0203 fax: 580.353.7075
•South Dakota Oglala Lakota College
Contact: 490 Piya Wiconi Road Kyle, SD 57752 605-455-6022 fax: 605-455-6023
Contact: P. O. Box 409 Rosebud, SD 57570 605-856-5880 fax: 605-856-5401
Contact: P. O. Box 689 Sisseton, SD 57262 605/698-3966 fax: 605/698-3132
•Washington Northwest Indian College
Contact: 2522 Kwina Road Bellingham, WA 98226 360-676-2772 fax: 360-738-0136
•Wisconsin College of Menominee Nation
Contact: P. O. Box 1179 Keshena, WI 54135 715-799-5600 fax: 715-799-1308
•Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
Contact: 13466 West Trepania Rd Hayward, WI 54843 715-634 4790 fax: 715-634-5049
Wyoming Wind River Tribal College
Contact: P.O. Box 8300 Ethete, WY 82520 307.335.8243 fax: 307.335.8148
19 thoughts on “U.S. Colleges And Universities Offering In-State Tuition And Tuition Waivers For Native American Students”
just a note on the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver…. it is available to Michigan residents of ANY Federally recognized tribe and can be used at any public university, including UofM Ann Arbor and Michigan State University
Also important to note that the *State of Michigan requires a blood quantum certificate requiring 1/4 min native blood- imposed my the State.
Also important to note is that Michigan requires a photocopy of your tribal enrollment card. Many tribes only give these to the matriarchal side of a family, meaning a son’s children are not eligible to be enrolled in the tribe regardless of their blood quantum.
I don’t know of any tribe that only enrolls children from either a father or mothers side. I think this page is positive and someone might get the wrong message from comments that aren’t factual like that. If I am wrong please show proof.
The MITW recognizes any federally recognized tribal citizen with 1/4 blood quantum and a resident of Michigan for 12 consecutive months. The MITW is available at any level of higher education at any state institution.
What if the federally recognized tribe is in Canada. Will Michigan honor that too
Im also curious about that. Any answers?
What if you are from a Canadian federally recognized tribe will Michigan colleges honor that
No. Prop.7 took care of that. The Michigan Civil Liberties Union changed the wording from North American Indians to Federally Recognized Tribes in the states constitution.
Colorado State University offers instate tuition to Native Americans. You might want to add this to your list.
Colorado State University offers in state tuition for Native Americans.
I want to do an online degree since I live in Florida. I have all the documentation of white earth. Any suggestions?
Hi Travis. Talk to the school you want to do the online degree and see if there are any tribal scholarships you can apply for, any tuition waivers, etc. Good Luck!
Hey Travis! Can you advise if you personally enrolled in the tribe – White Earth, or was this done by your parents or grand parents? Do you have to be 1/4 or what are the requirements? I am trying to figure out how to go about getting enrolled, if possible, and I’m White Earth, Minnesota. Thanks
I am trying to find graduate schools that offer tuition waivers to enrolled tribal members seeking Master’s degrees on-line. Does anyone know of any?
Hi Jamie! I’m not sure of the answer – I think your best bet would be to call the Master’s Programs that you are interested in and ask them directly.
Any updated news on any colleges accepting the tuition waiver for online education?
Blackfeet Community College does not have a Native American Tuition waiver, or they didnt offer it to me and i am an enrolled member.
At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, their catalog states: “Tuition shall not be charged to members of federally recognized Native American tribes, who do not otherwise qualify as Nevada residents, and who currently reside on tribal lands located wholly or partially within boundaries of the State of Nevada.”