Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Higher Education and Grant Program

Allison Britton, Director
Phone: (800) 522-6170
Online application will be available beginning January 1, 2016.

Overview

Any tribal member of the Choctaw Nation actively pursuing a higher education degree is eligible to receive assistance in the form of a scholarship or grant payable directly to an accredited college or university. There are no minimum blood quantum or location restrictions; however, students with multiple tribal lineages may only receive assistance from one tribe. Students must be working towards a minimum of an associate’s degree. Students may receive assistance with one Associates Degree, one Bachelor’s Degree, one Masters Degree, and one Doctorate Degree. Students seeking to obtain recognized certifications may receive assistance from the Choctaw Nation Career Development Program.

How to apply

Step 1: Gather the following items-these MUST be submitted with the online application.

  • Copy of High School or previous college transcript
  • Copy of upcoming semester class schedule
  • Copy of CDIB and Tribal Membership cards (New applicants only.)

Step 2: Complete the online application by clicking here.

This process will need to be completed each semester.
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Responsibilities of recipient

Applications and supporting documents will be accepted from June 1st until October 1st for the fall semester assistance. Spring semester applications will be available on January 1, 2016. The deadline for the spring semester is March 1st. Any application received after the deadlines or incomplete will not be accepted (applies to first-time and renewal applicants).

Students earning less than the required GPA or earning less than 12 hours will be placed on probation for one semester. At that time, students will be required to improve their GPA and earn the required number of hours during the next semester to remain with the program. If these requirements are not met, the student will be suspended from the program. Students earning less than 12 hours and a GPA of 1.0 or less will automatically be suspended from the program at the end of that semester. Students who withdraw from school officially, or unofficially, will be suspended unless there is a reasonable explanation presented in writing.

Full-time enrollment: Undergraduate students enrolled in 12 or more credit hours or Graduate students enrolled in 9 or more credit hours.
Part-Time enrollment: Undergraduate students enrolled in at least 6 to 11 credit hours or Graduate students enrolled in 6-8 credit hours.

Forms of Assistance

Grant – Amounts vary from year to year based on number of hours enrolled, financial need, and classification. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher per semester in order to continue receiving grants.

  • Part-time - $400.00 per semester
  • Freshman - $500.00 per semester
  • Sophomore - $600.00 per semester
  • Junior - $700.00 per semester
  • Senior - $800.00 per semester

Scholarship – Amounts are based upon the cumulative GPA and may vary semester to semester.
Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher in order to continue receiving scholarships.

  • Part-time - $500.00 per semester
  • 2.50 - 2.99 - $600.00 per semester
  • 3.00 - 3.49 - $800.00 per semester
  • 3.5 - 4.00 - $1,000.00 per semester

General program information

The Choctaw Nation contracted the Higher Education Program on March 1, 1984, from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This program will expend funds appropriated by Congress for the education of eligible Choctaws by providing financial assistance to attend an institution of higher learning, such as Junior Colleges and Universities. In 1998, the Choctaw Nation contributed funds to start a scholarship program. Students will be assisted based on academics, rather than financial need. This program will ensure more Choctaw students the opportunity to receive educational assistance.

The Choctaw Nation will work to ensure that the specific needs of each Choctaw student is individually considered in order to prevent unnecessary withdrawals from higher education institutions.

Higher Education’s Helpful Links

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