Higher Education

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Next application period: August 1- October 1.

Choctaw Nation College Scholarship

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

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. FERPA Authorization form downloadable here: FERPA Authorization form
  6. W9 form downloadable here: 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 high school equivalency: This will apply if you have not earned 12 college credit hours.
  4. Copy of your college transcript: This will apply only if you have earned any college credit.
  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. FERPA Authorization form downloadable here: 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. FERPA Authorization form downloadable here: FERPA Authorization form
  4. Copy of your college transcript
  Undergraduate Graduate
Full Time Status 12 or more credit hours  9 or more credit hours 
Part Time Status 3-11 credit hours 3-8 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. 

 

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
Fall Semester (August 1st - December 31st) August 1st - October 1st
Summer Semester (May 1st - August 1st) May 1st - June 15th
*Funding up to 6 credit hours
Spring Semester (January 1st - May 1st) January 1st - March 1st

 

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 scholarship payable directly to an accredited college or university. Students must be working towards a minimum of an Associate degree. Students may receive assistance while working towards one Associate Degree (maximum 6 full-time grading periods), one Bachelors Degree (maximum 12 full-time grading periods), one Masters Degree (maximum six full-time grading periods), and one Doctorate Degree (maximum 4 full-time grading periods total after All but Dissertation-ABD status) 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 previous semester's GPA and may vary semester to semester. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher in the previous semester to receive scholarship funding.

Summer Assistance:

Summer Assistance is open to all students working towards a minimum of an Associate degree. Summer funding will be for up to six (6) credit hours and count towards your semester count."

 

Information on Graduation Stoles can be found here.

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