American Indian Scholars Program
The American Indian Scholars Program was established in the 2023 Minnesota Legislative Session. This program provides a first-dollar tuition and fee-free pathway for Minnesotans eligible for resident tuition who are enrolled members or citizens of any federally recognized tribe or Canadian First Nation to attend a Minnesota State institution. Students not eligible for resident tuition who are enrolled members or citizens of a Minnesota Tribal Nation are also eligible for the program.
How much money can you get?
This program provides a first-dollar tuition and fee-free pathway for eligible students. This means your tuition and fees will be paid with the American Indian Scholars Program.
Who is eligible?
In general, students must:
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate certificate, diploma, or degree program at a Minnesota State institution;
- Not have already obtained a bachelor’s degree;
- Have fewer than 180 credits attended at the college-level; and
- Be either a:
- Minnesota resident who qualifies for resident tuition and an enrolled member or citizen of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Canadian First Nation; or
- Student who does not qualify for resident tuition but is an enrolled member or citizen of a Minnesota Tribal Nation.
I’m eligible, what now?
Complete the American Indian Scholarship application
American Indian Scholarship Program application with documentation verifying your eligible membership or citizenship of an eligible tribe/nation.
Allow 2 – 3 weeks for processing of your application. The Financial Aid Office will notify you of eligibility. If you are eligible for this program, your other financial aid (such as student loans) may need to be reduced so your total financial aid does not exceed your total
Cost of Attendance.
MN Office of Higher Education