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    Understanding College & Scholarship Applications

    --College or Scholarship essays: Essays are an important piece of college applications, if required. More importantly, they are a critical piece of most scholaship applications. Read this article HERE to read more on essay writing tips.

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    Arizona Institutions

    Many CUSD graduates attend in-state institutions. Almost all of these campuses have resources specific to Native American students and families. Below you will find links to the institutions, their associated American Indian student organization, and their American Indian academic department. By browsing these pages, you will find details on admissions, clubs, organizations, events, and staff that can help your child as they attend one of the many unique institutions in Arizona. In addition, almost all of the student programs provide student advising and/or mentoring services. 


    Arizona State University


    -American Indian Student Support Services


    -American Indian Studies



    University of Arizona


    -Native American Student Affairs


    -American Indian Studies



    Northern Arizona University


    -Native American Student Services


    -Applied Indigenous Studies


    Transfer Programs
    Many of the community colleges have partnerships with the 3 AZ universities. Start your education at a community college, and your credits are guaranteed to transfer to your selected university.
    Please visit the Maricopa CC website HERE for details.  
    Community Colleges

    Eastern Arizona University


    Grand Canyon University


    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


    University of Phoenix


    Mesa Community College


    -American Indian Institute


    Chandler-Gilbert Community College


    Scottsdale Community College


    Central Arizona College


    Tohono O'odham Community College  (Sells)




    Notable Institutions for Native American students!


    For a map and listing of tribal colleges, click LINK HERE. 

    Institute of American Indian Arts - Santa Fe, NM 

    One of 37 tribal colleges across the country. Focuses on the "study, preservation, and dissemination of traditional and contemporary expressions of Native American language, literature, history, oral traditions, and the visual and performing arts." See financial aid information here: https://iaia.edu/student-success-center/financial-aid/

    Navajo Technical University - Crownpoint, NM (http://www.navajotech.edu

    Includes a Bachelor's and Master's program in Navajo Culture, Language, & Leadership! More details

    Dine (Navajo) College - Tsaile, AZ (https://nacc.colostate.edu

    Haskell Indian Nations University - Kansas (https://www.haskell.edu

    Tuition free for accepted full time students. 

    University of Michigan (https://admissions.umich.edu/mitw

    Tuition waiver for students enrolled in federally recognized tribe (1/4 or more). Student still responsible for food, housing, and other incidentals. Application fee is also waived for Native American applicants. 

    Colorado State University - Native American Cultural Center (https://nacc.colostate.edu

    Support for Native American students! Including opportunity for $18,000 tuition scholarship. Read about the Native American Legacy Award here: https://admissions.colostate.edu/nativeamerican/

    University of Minnesota-Morris (https://www4.morris.umn.edu/native-american-students-morris/waivers

    Tuition waiver for students enrolled in federally recognized tribe. Students are still responsible for housing, fees, food. Additional policies can be found at: Tuition Waiver Policies 

    North Dakota State University (https://www.ndsu.edu/admission/financial_aid/diversity_waiver

    Select number of tuition waivers available for Native American, African American, Asian, Hawaiian, Hispanic/Latino, Refugee students. Priority given to first generation college students, students who are single parents, North Dakota residents, and any student enrolled in federally recognized tribe. Any applications for this Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver must submit application by April 1.