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Indian Education_Higher Education Grant Program
OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Act of 1921, Public Law 67-85, 42 Stat. 208, 25 U.S.C. 13.
provide financial aid to eligible Indian students to enable them
to attend accredited institutions of higher education.
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AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
funds are to supplement the total financial aid package prepared
by the college financial aid officer. Funds are intended to assist
students in pursuing their undergraduate baccalaureate degree.
Eligibility: Federally Recognized Indian Tribal
Governments and tribal organizations authorized by Indian Tribal
Governments may apply to administer the program. Individuals who
are members of Federally Recognized Indian Tribes may submit applications
for benefits directly to the Bureau of Indian Affairs if the Bureau
agency serving their reservation provides direct services for this
program. Individuals must be enrolled in an accredited college and
have financial need as determined by the institution's financial
AND AWARD PROCESS:
Eligibility: Members of a Federally Recognized
Indian Tribe who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an
accredited college and have financial need as determined by the
institution's financial aid office.
Initial application by Indian tribes and tribal organizations
must be accompanied by an authorizing resolution of the governing
body of the Indian tribe. Individual student applicants must submit
a certificate of Indian blood; college financial aid package;
statement of acceptance by college and Bureau of Indian Affairs
Coordination: The applicant should consult the
Agency/Area Program Administrator for Education. This program is
excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Procedure: Initial applications by Indian
tribes and tribal organizations to administer the program must
contain the information specified in 25 CFR Part 900, Subpart
C, "Contract Proposal Contents." Individual students must be accepted
by a college or university and should complete application forms
in accordance with instructions available upon request from the
Education Line Office, or tribal contractor administering the
program. Completed forms are submitted to the student's higher
education program office at the appropriate office.
Procedure: In most cases, the application
by an Indian tribe or tribal organization to administer the program
can be approved by the Area/Agency Education Program Administrator
or the Area/Agency Bureau Contracting Officer. Individual students
are notified by the Area/Agency Education Program Administrator
or tribal contractor, and funds are sent to the applicant in care
of the college or university financial aid office.
Applications to administer the program may be submitted at any
time. Deadlines for individual student applications are determined
by the Education Line Office and/or tribal contractor.
of Approval/Disapproval Time: Applications
by Indian tribes and tribal organizations to administer the program
will be processed within 90 days. Applications by students will
be processed within 6 to 10 weeks after all required documents
Indian tribes and tribal organizations whose application to administer
the program is denied may request an informal conference with
the deciding official, or may appeal the denial of the application
to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or may bring suit in
U.S. District Court. Full appeal procedures are found in 25 CFR
Part 900. Individual students may appeal a Bureau of Indian Affairs
official's decision to the Area/Agency Education Program Administrator
under the procedures contained in 25 CFR Part 2, " Appeals from
Awards to Indian tribes and tribal organizations may be renewed
indefinitely upon satisfactory performance by the contractor/grantee.
A notice of intent to renew should be submitted at least 90 days
prior to the expiration of the current award. The amount of the
award may be adjusted as a result of individual tribal priorities
established in the budget formulation process. Grants to students
may be continued through the undergraduate level if the student
maintains acceptable progress and academic standing. Renewal applications
must be submitted annually with updated grades or transcript.
and Matching Requirements: Not applicable to
Indian tribes and tribal organizations. Students are expected to
take advantage of the campus-based financial aid programs offered
to all students, and any other scholarships which may be available
and Time Phasing of Assistance: Awards to
Indian tribes and tribal organizations are made on an annual basis.
Payments may be made in advance or by way of reimbursement. The
time of the payments will be negotiated with the Indian tribe
or tribal organization. Grants to students are generally made
for the academic year on a quarter or semester basis. A grant
is for a period not to exceed 5 years, or the period of time required
to complete the course of study.
Indian tribes and tribal organizations are required to submit financial
status reports, SF 269A. Program accomplishment reporting requirements
will be negotiated with the Self-Determination contractor/grantee.
Students applying for continuation of grants must submit grade reports
at the end of each academic year.
For awards administered by Indian tribes and tribal organizations,
the contractor/grantee is responsible for obtaining audits in
accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C.
7501 et seq.).
Financial records must be maintained by the Indian tribe or tribal
organization for three years from the date of submission of the
single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for
three years from the date of final payment. Property records must
be retained for three years from the date of disposition, replacement,
or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions
or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.
(Total program funds including grants) FY 01 $25,267,060; FY 02
est $25,384,340; and FY 03 est $25,437,230.
and Average of Financial Assistance:
$300 to $5,000; Average: $2,700.
Annually an estimated 9,800 students receive assistance.
GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
25 CFR, Part 40; 25 CFR, Part 900.
or Local Office: See Education Line Officers'
addresses in Catalog Appendix IV.
Joe Herrin Headquarters Office: Office of Indian Education Programs, Bureau of Indian Affairs, MS-4657 MIB, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: email@example.com Phone: (202)208-7658
Web Site Address:
OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
The Bureau's scholarship program provides about 25 percent of the
student's total financial aid.
FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
All Indian tribes and tribal organizations meeting the requirements
of 25 CFR Part 900 will be selected if the program has been prioritized
by the Indian tribe through participation in the Bureau of Indian
Affairs' Tribal Priority Allocation budget formulation process.
Final determination to fund student applications is based on the
individual's eligibility and total dollars available to the Indian
tribe or tribal organization or local Bureau office.