Tribal Scholarships and Resources
Northern Arizona University Office
of Scholarships and Financial Aid provides services to Native American students
seeking tribal scholarships as well as information about additional funding
resources. Most tribes offer scholarships to their enrolled members who are in college.
Other scholarship opportunities are available from sources such as religious
organizations and those serving “minority” students.
Carefully read and complete the
following requirements needed each year for tribal scholarship funding:
- Contact your tribe to learn about specific
deadlines and application requirements.
- Complete a Free Application for Federal
Student Aid three months prior to your tribe’s scholarship application deadline.
- Turn in your Financial Needs
Analysis (FNA) form to us at least 6
weeks prior to your tribe’s scholarship application deadline.
- Monitor your LOUIE To-Do List
and complete any outstanding items as quickly as possible. We cannot complete your
FNA until you have been awarded financial aid at NAU.
- Ensure your tribe’s scholarship
application is complete and
submitted to your tribal scholarship office on time.
Common items required by tribal
- Certificate of Indian Blood
(CIB) or tribal enrollment card
- NAU admission letter and/or enrollment verification
- Completed FAFSA each academic
- Academic transcripts
- Financial Needs Analysis
completed by the NAU tribal financial aid coordinator
More Resources for Native
Tribal Scholarship Addresses
American Indian College Fund
American Indian Higher Education Consortium
Financial Aid for Native Americans
Gates Millennium Scholars Program
NAU Native American Student Services
Frequently Asked QuestionsQ1: What is a Financial Needs Analysis?
Q2: Why do you need my FAFSA to process my FNA?
A1: A Financial Needs Analysis (FNA) is a form typically
required by your tribe for you to be considered for tribal scholarship funding.
We complete the form for you and return to your tribe. The form contains
information about your NAU cost of attendance (tuition, fees, housing, meals,
etc.) and the financial resources you are receiving for the corresponding
academic year or semester. This helps your tribe determine your scholarship
and/or grant eligibility.
An FNA is
included in your tribe’s scholarship application. Provide your personal information
on the FNA and don’t forget to sign it before sending it to our office. We
cannot release your financial information to your tribe unless the form is
Q3: How do I know when my tribe has received my FNA? And what happens next?
A2: Your FAFSA information is needed to determine your
cost of attendance and offer financial aid based upon your Expected Family
Contribution (EFC). Your tribe requires details on your financial aid awards,
as well as any remaining educational costs not covered. We cannot complete an
FNA on your behalf until your FAFSA and financial
(http://nau.edu/FinAid/Applying-for-Aid/) are complete.
Q4: When do I receive funds from my tribe?
A3: We will send you an email once your FNA has been sent
to your tribe. If your tribe has a website for monitoring your application
status, be sure to create an account. Provide us with all award or denial
letters you receive from your tribe. Submit this information to our office
promptly so that adjustments can be made. We must have a copy of your award
letter, including a statement of whether the tribe will send funds directly to
will add an anticipated award to your financial aid award letter if your tribe
has a standard scholarship amount. The amount is not official until we receive
funds from your tribe. However, having the anticipated amount is a good tool to
use to accurately determine if your education costs are covered and if you
qualify for a refund. Log in to LOUIE
A4: Each tribe is unique and has different funding
cycles. Contact your tribe to determine the timeline for application approvals
and release of funds to our office. We disburse all available scholarship
funding and financial aid about 10 days prior to the first day of each
semester. Additional funding received throughout the semester is disbursed
daily.Q5: What are the renewal requirements for my financial aid and tribal funding?
A5: Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to continue receiving federal,
state, and institutional financial aid.
your tribe may have its own annual or semester renewal requirements (cumulative
GPA or a minimum number of passing credit hours) that you must meet in order to
continue receiving assistance. Review your tribal application and/or award
letter for renewal information. We recommend contacting your tribe’s
scholarship office directly if you are unclear about the renewal requirements.
Arizona Tribal Lands Map