Higher Education

The Spokane Tribe Higher Education Program assists Spokane Tribal Members in acquiring their Associate of Arts Degree or Bachelors Degree in their chosen field of study. Recipients can attend classes part time or full time. Services may include assistance with tuition and fees, books and mandatory supplies, and a monthly living stipend. Applications can be found on the Spokane Tribe Education main page, or picked up at the Spokane Tribe Education Department located in the Alfred E. McCoy Administration building in Wellpinit, WA.

The Spokane Tribe Higher Education Program does not fully defray the entire cost of education support and requires the student and parents to financially contribute. Additionally, the Spokane Tribe tuition assistance portion comes into play after the student has fully utilized all other sources of financial aid, including State Aid, Grants, and Scholarships, as listed in the Spokane Tribe Education Policies & Procedures Manual and is awarded based on established Financial Need as established by the Department of Education based off of the information that is provided on a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

AA/AAS and BA/BAS

Dates and Deadlines

Higher Education Application submission

  • Fall 2017 Entering Freshman 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 and are:

    *Limited to those who are in graduating status for summer term or their program requirements state that classes taken during the summer are mandatory.
    *If you do not have a current academic year application (i.e., you ended undergraduate funding in the spring and begin graduate funding in the summer but did not receive undergraduate assistance in the spring your funding will only be considered as a graduate effective fall term as long as you meet program requirements and dates and deadlines for fall term;
    *If you do have a current academic year application (i.e., you ended undergraduate funding in the spring and begin graduate funding in the summer and did receive undergraduate assistance in the spring your funding will be considered for summer term if graduate classes are mandatory and only offered during the summer. For this, you will need a letter on official letter head as stated by your advisor or program that classes are mandatory and not  offered during any other term.
    *Limited to $8500 maximum awarded amounts. Should a student have not utilized $8500 from fall-spring terms monies remaining can be applied to summer terms. If a student has utilized all $8500 from fall-spring no further funds can be given for summer term.

    Applications not available at this time. Please see program manager if you wish to obtain a summer 2018 application.

**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.

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 Higher Education application
    Available on the main page under "printable documents" or in person of the Alfred E. McCoy Administration building located in Wellpinit, WA upstairs in the Education office
  • Submission of all requested documents listed under Entering Freshman/New or Returning 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
  • Express 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)
    *High School seniors must submit verification of High School Diploma or GED, as applicable as soon as their diploma/certificates are received. This is normally expected to be submitted no later than June 30th of each year prior to the fall start date. 
  • 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 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/New Student requirements

As listed in Policy manual 12/16/14*

You are considered a “new” student if you have never received higher education funding for a 2-year (AA/AAS) or a 4-year degree (BA/BAS) through the Spokane Tribe Education Department.

  • 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)

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

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.

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

Contact

Micaela N. Carroll
Education Program Manager
PO BOX 358 - Wellpinit, WA 99404
Office: 509 458 8005
Email: micaela.carroll@spokanetribe.com
 

Sasha Reuben
Outreach Coordinator
PO BOX 358 - Wellpinit, WA 99404
Office: 509 458 8009
Email: sasha.reuben@spokanetribe.com