Education

*The Spokane Tribe Higher Ed Program assists students who have currently hold a high school diploma or GED and are seeking to further their education by means of an AA/AAS, BA/BAS, or a certificate program through a short-term Adult Vocational Program.  Please contact the local school district in regard to K-12th grade information as the local school district is separate from the Spokane Tribe Education Department and is not a Tribal program. For youth services please check spokanetribe.com or stoi-tanf.com for information regarding Youth Employment and Training as the STOI Education Department does not oversee Youth and Adult E&T. For GED Information please contact Leonard Flett, GED instructor at leonard.flett@spokanetribe.com. Thank you.*

*At this time the 2018-2019 application is not available as it is in the process of being updated to fall under the 477/TANF application format. The 2018-2019 application may become available mid-January to early February.*

*Summer 2018 applications will be accepted from November 1st, 2017 thru January 1st, 2017.* Keep in mind summer funding is for students in graduating status, meaning the student must be graduating at the end of summer term or need summer term + one more term (fall) in order to be considered for funding. Please contact program manager for an application.

Higher Education

AA/AAS and BA/BAS

Dates and Deadlines

Higher Education Application submission

  • Fall 2017 and returning students- May 15th, 2017 *Extended 2017 deadline June 1st*
  • Winter/Spring 2018- September 1st, 2017
    All items specific to returning or new student are to be submitted as a whole with a complete application.
  • Summer Term 2018- January 1st, 2018
    Summer terms are subject to the amount of funding available.

     

**Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted**

Update as of October 9th, 2017:

All award letters for qualified fall 2017 applicants have been sent. All denial letters for fall 2017 have been sent.

All complete or incomplete notifications for winter/spring applicants have been sent as of September 15th, 2017.

Award letters for winter/spring applicants are expected to be mailed no sooner or later than Mid-November. In order to be awarded funding through the Spokane Tribe Education Department students must have 1. A complete education file (this includes submission of your winter/spring term registration) and 2. A complete financial aid file through your school of choice. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SCHOOL IN REGARD TO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO COMPLETE YOUR FINANCIAL AID FILE. Some schools require that you register for classes before they award you funding (financial aid grants, scholarships, or loans).

If you are a student who was deemed ineligible for fall term due to incomplete financial aid file through your school you DO NOT NEED TO REAPPLY FOR ASSISTANCE for winter or spring terms. The Education Department has your 2017-2018 education application and other documents on file. In order to obtain winter/spring assistance, all students are being asked to ensure that their financial aid files are complete before Mid-November to ensure eligibility for winter and/or spring terms.

Students must submit a new application each academic year. Please reference above dates for dates and deadlines. If you are unsure what "academic year" means please contact program manager.

Spokane Tribe Education Department mission statement

To provide financial assistance and student services to eligible Spokane Tribal Members who wish to further their education by attending institutions of higher learning or vocational training and to acknowledge college level students based on academic achievement.

Spokane Tribe Education Department objectives:

To enhance the Spokane Tribes ability to protect and maintain culture, values, and resources for the present generation and generations yet unborn by encouraging Spokane Tribal Members to further their education.

Who Can Apply?

Any enrolled member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians

How Are Recipients Chosen?

Recipients are selected and notified based on

  • Completion of application available below under "printable documents", in person of the Alfred E. McCoy Administration building located in Wellpinit, WA upstairs in the Education office, or request an application to be sent to you
  • Submission of all requested documents listed under returning or new student at the time of application submission
    • Please utilize new or returning checklist for list of documents and/or what deems a student new or returning
  • Financial need as established by the U.S. Department of Education based off of the information that is provided by the student on a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Completion of Financial Aid package through selected educational institution of choice
    Please note once FAFSA is finished on fafsa.ed.gov your school may contact you for additional documentation. Adhering to your schools request will ensure that your financial aid package is complete.
    Even if a student completes a FAFSA and the U.S. Department of Education states that the students Expected Family Contribution (EFC) deems the student ineligible for the more generous grants and loans, students are still required to complete the form each year.

Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Please see below what you need to do to meet the requirements for a "complete" Spokane Tribe Education application.

Eligibility requirements overview

  • Be an enrolled member of the Spokane Tribe
  • Currently hold a High School Diploma or General Education Development certificate (with the exception of High School Seniors who may apply before their diplomas/certificates are awarded) and;
    • High School seniors must submit verification of High School Diploma or GED, as applicable as soon as their diploma/certificates are received
  • Be enrolled in a two (2) or four (4) year accredited college and be eligible for Title IV grants, state funding, and other institutional aid through FAFSA;
    • For entering Freshman/High School Seniors they must have applied to a 2-year or 4-year college at the time their Spokane Tribe education application is submitted
    • Entering Freshman and High School Seniors must also submit documentation of college application documentation (if done online verification is given through email) at the time their Spokane Tribe education application is submitted
  • Entering Freshman/High School Seniors are required to provide college acceptance letter no later than June 30th, 2017 to be considered for funding
  • Apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) annually at fafsa.ed.gov
    • Submit a copy of Student Aid Report (SAR) at the time of Spokane Tribe Education application submission with each new application
    • Reference fafsa.ed.gov in regard to when you can renew your FAFSA to obtain a new Student Aid Report
      All questions pertaining to a FAFSA should be looked up at fafsa.ed.gov as this program is outside of the Spokane Tribe Education Department and is not a Tribal program. We are unable to help you determine your FASA eligiblity. However, we are able to assist you on what you need to do to apply for FAFSA.
  • Be enrolled as a full time student;
    • Part time and Graduate students will be considered for tuition and books only in accordance with a returned Financial Needs Analysis (FNA) forms and not to exceed Education Department CAP's.
  • Follow all guidelines within Spokane Tribe Education Policies & Procedures Manual/Handbook
  • Submit all required documents as listed on new or returning student checklist at time of Education application submission
    Please see checklist under "checklist" header on this web page.
  • Accept all grants and scholarships offered
  • Other items as listed in Education Policy & Procedures sections Eligibility - Amendments (sections 2.0-13.0)

Student responsibilities

As listed in Policy manual 12/16/14*

  • Provide college transcripts with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. Full time students must earn a minimum of 12 credits per term with at least a 2.0 GPA. Part time and Graduate students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA
  • Maintain satisfactory eligibility for financial aid
    Failure to maintain a grade point average of 2.0 may result in the student being placed on probation and or suspension
     
  • Full time employees (32 hours per week or greater) are eligible or financial assistance of tuition and books only. However, they must:
    • Exhaust all departmental resources (must be work related)
    • Submit all requested documentation
    • Meet the dates and deadlines of the program
       
  • Part time employees (31 hours per week or less):
    • Must submit documentation from Human Resources verifying employment status
    • Request and submit letter from direct supervisor stating employment status
    • Meet dates and deadlines of the program

Entering Freshman requirements

As listed in Policy manual 12/16/14*

  • Complete application and return by deadline (see in printable documents)
  • Copy of Student Aid Report SAR for 2017-2018 (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
  • Copy of Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB), Enrollment Card, Official verification
  • High school diploma or GED, whichever is applicable
  • Copy of class registration/schedule
  • Documentation of application to at minimum two outside scholarships
    These items must be date and/or time stamped
  • Acknowledgement form for policies and procedures (see in printable documents)
  • Copy of college acceptance letter
  • Personal letter outlining educational goals
  • Copy of proof of Freshman Orientation (as applicable)

Returning students

As listed in Policy manual 12/16/14*

You are considered returning if you have ever received assistance before from the Spokane Tribe regardless of how much time has passed.

  • Complete application and return by deadline (see in printable documents)
  • Copy of Student Aid Report SAR for 2017-2018 (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
  • Copy of class registration/schedule (must be submitted at the start of each
  • qtr/semester/term)
  • Documentation of application to at minimum two outside scholarships
    These items must be date stamped and/or time stamped
  • Copy of college acceptance letter (for transferring students)
  • Last qtr/semester/term grades that show the following:
    Credits attempted
    Credits earned
    That qtr/semester/term GPA
     Unofficial transcripts work best at the start of each year

Please utilize the Returning/New Student checklist below under "checklists" as reference to what you will need to submit to ensure that you submit a complete Higher Education application.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a degree plan and where can I get one?
A degree plan is a list of classes a student is required to take in order to complete their chosen degree. A degree plan can be found online, in the college catalog, or obtained from the student advisor.

What is a Needs Analysis Form?
This form lists your cost to attend college per academic year, it also lists your financial aid so that we are able to determine your unmet need. The Spokane Tribe Education Program covers the costs that are not covered by Financial Aid and scholarships within the allowable CAPS.
How do I know when the term is going to start?
Typically classes begin in late August for Fall and January for Winter/Spring terms each year. However the deadlines to register for credited classes are set by the college.

Why do I need a student advisor?
All students should be assigned a student advisor to help guide you and answer any questions you may have while on campus. Advisors also assist you with choosing classes and maintaining a schedule so that you are on target for graduation in a timely manner.

What if I need help with problems at the school?
If you have any questions or concerns with your college that you are unable to handle, you can call your academic advisor to answer questions, or request assistance in getting the problem resolved.

Why do I need to fill out a FAFSA?
FAFSA is federal aid that assists all eligible applicants with funding for college. It helps to reduce the amount of money that the tribe pays out toward your tuition/books, allowing for our department to assist as many Spokane Tribal Members as we can.

Financial Aid FAQ's Powerpoint

 

Adult Vocational Training (AVT)

Certificate/license programs; AA/AAS (dependent on particular program)

Effective July 10th, 2017, AVT applications are currently NOT being accepted for the remainder of FY 2017 (up to November 1st, 2017).

Vocational - Certificate overview

Be an enrolled member of the Spokane Tribe
Provide proof of enrollment in a long/short term program

Vocational & Certificate programs will only be funded for and in accordance to CAPS:

a. One long term (11 to 24 months)- AAS or Certificate
b. One short term (10 months or less)- License or Certificate

AVT requirements

  • Submit all documents including complete application no later than 30 days prior to expected start date
  • Copy of Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB), Enrollment Card, Official Verification
  • Program information and proof of enrollment in program
  • Invoice on official business letterhead that includes the following:
    Date of class/attendance; certificate/license to be received upon completion of the program; break down of costs for tuition/books/supplies, etc
  • If student withdraws from program, student must notify the Program Manager and reimburse funds disbursed on their behalf
  • If student does not receive certificate or license at the end of the program the student must reimburse funds disbursed on their behalf

Please utilize the AVT checklist below as reference to what you will need to submit to ensure that you submit a complete AVT application.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. All items must be submitted as a whole with a complete application.

Printable documents                       

Checklists             

Release of Information (ROI)

This form differs from ROI enclosed in Higher Education/AVT application. This ROI allows us to release information about your higher education application to individuals listed such as a parent or a family member. Regardless of students age, we cannot release information to the parent without this consensual form signed by both the parent and listed individuals. Please find the ROI document  here                           

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Contact                                              

Micaela Carroll                                                  
Education Program Manager                               
Front Desk: 509.458.8000                                    
Office:        509.458.8005                                     
micaela.carroll@spokanetribe.com         

Sasha Reuben
Outreach Coordinator
509.458.8009
sasha.reuben@spokanetribe.com               
                                                                                                

Office hours 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday        


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