Higher Education

CARES Act COVID-19 Relief Funding

Choctaw Nation College Grant and Scholarships

Applications will be processed in the order they are received. Processing time is 6 to 8 weeks from the time the application is submitted. Should your contact information change after completion of the application, the student must contact the Higher Education office to update their record.

*The Higher Education program will not fund for zero level courses, leveling courses or repeat courses. 

*You must complete an online application each semester and provide the required documentation to receive assistance. 

What you will need to apply

Please have the following digital documents available before beginning the application. Documents that have been altered will not be accepted. Please refrain from writing or drawing on documents that you provide to the Higher Education Office.

Concurrent Students (Students in High School taking College Courses)

  1. Copy of your current schedule from your college institution: Your schedule must state your name, institution name, course names and how many credit hours each course is worth.
  2. Copy of your High School transcript: Your transcript must state your name and institution name.
  3. Copy of your college transcript: This will apply only if you have earned any college credit.
  4. Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) and Adult Tribal Membership cards: You must provide copies of both the CDIB (Certificate Degree of Indian Blood) and Adult Tribal Membership card. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma offers a 3 in 1 card that students will need to apply. Please provide a copy of both sides of the card.
  5. Download the FERPA Authorization form: FERPA Authorization form
  6. Download the W9 form: IRS.Gov W9 form

New Students (Students that have never been on the Higher Education Program)

  1. Copy of your current class schedule: Your schedule must state your name, institution name, course names and how many credit hours each course is worth.
  2. College ID documentation: Our office must have an official document from your current college institution that lists your student ID number. Examples include: student ID cards, screenshots of your student profile from the online portal, or an official document from the institution such as a letter or the transcript or schedule.
  3. Copy of your High School transcript or GED: This will apply if you have not earned 12 college credit hours.
  4. Separate transcripts from each institution you have attended: Your transcript(s) must state your name, institution name, all previously completed courses, cumulative hours and cumulative GPA. *Degree Audits are an unacceptable form of documentation and will not be accepted.
  5. Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) and Adult Tribal Membership cards: You must provide copies of both the CDIB (Certificate Degree of Indian Blood) and Adult Tribal Membership card. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma offers a 3 in 1 card that students will need to apply. Please provide a copy of both sides of the card.
  6. Download the FERPA Authorization form: FERPA Authorization form

Returning / Renewal Students (Students who have previously made an application with the Higher Education Program)

  1. Copy of your current class schedule: Your schedule must state your name, institution name, course names and how many credit hours each course is worth.
  2. College ID documentation: Our office must have an official document from your current college institution that lists your student ID number. Examples include: student ID cards, screenshots of your student profile from the online portal, or an official document from the institution such as a letter or the transcript or schedule.
  3. If you have been on our program prior to Fall 2018, you must provide separate transcripts from each institution you have attended: Your transcript(s) must state your name, institution name, all previously completed courses, cumulative hours and cumulative GPA. *Degree Audits are an unacceptable form of documentation and will not be accepted.
  4. Download the FERPA Authorization form: FERPA Authorization form
  Undergraduate Graduate
Full Time Status 12 or more credit hours  9 or more credit hours 
Part Time Status 6-11 credit hours 6-8 credit hours

Any degree program that considers full time or part time status of a different enrollment rate, must be shown in writing from the institution. Students can apply with less than part-time status, hours will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

For example: if a graduate or professional program considers 6 credit hours as a full-time status, the student must provide a letter from the registrar stating this fact.

 

Application Deadlines and Processing Time:

Students MUST apply for Higher Education funding each semester prior to the application deadline.

The Higher Education office will communicate with the applicant via the email provided on the application. It is recommended that students apply with an email address that will be monitored frequently. Students over the age of 18, must speak directly with HEP. FERPA releases do not permit our team to alter contact data with any other party.


Semester / Quarter Application Open and Close Dates
Spring Semester (January 1st- May 31st) January 2nd - March 1st
Fall Semester (August 1st- December 31st) July 15th* - October 1st

*The Fall application will open the following Monday if the 15th occurs on a weekend.

 

Responsibilities of the Recipient:

Scholarship:

If the student receives funding at a full-time status but does not complete full-time hours for that term the student will be placed probation the following application cycle. Probation will expire upon completing all courses for that funded term, failure to meet requirements could result in suspension. The Higher Education Program will not fund for repeat courses.

Grant:

If the student receives funding at a full-time status but does not complete full-time hours for that term the student will placed on probation the following application cycle. Students earning less than a 2.0 GPA for the term awarded, will be placed on suspension the following application cycle. Suspension will expire upon the review and determination that the student has met the requirements of the Grant.

 

Learn More about the Higher Education Program:

Any member of the Choctaw Nation actively pursuing a Higher Education degree may apply to receive assistance in the form or a grant or scholarship payable directly to an accredited college or university. Upon review of the application, the Higher Education office will determine if the student will be placed on the grant program or the scholarship program based on cumulative GPA. Students must be working towards a minimum of an Associate degree. Students may receive assistance while working towards one Associate Degree, one Bachelors Degree, one Masters Degree, and one Doctorate Degree while making forward academic progress. Students seeking to obtain certifications and/or licenses may contact the Choctaw Nation Career Development Program.

 

Scholarship Program:

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 scholarship funding.

Grant Program:

If the student receives funding at a full-time status but does not complete full-time hours for that term the student will placed on probation the following application cycle. Students earning less than a 2.0 GPA for the term awarded, will be placed on suspension the following application cycle. Suspension will expire upon the review and determination that the student has met the requirements of the Grant.