Native American Grants

There has never been a better time for a Native American student to pursue a higher education. There are plenty of funding options out there for you, beginning with Native American grants.

  • Grants for Minorities. If you are a minority wanting to continue your education and plan on going to graduate school, you just might be able to find the funding that you need. Sometimes there is a stipulation that you go into an area that is underrepresented by minorities.

  • Federal Government Grants. These grants are easy to apply for; you can even apply for them online. All you need is a little information, such as income, full-time or part-time status while going to school, number in the household, whether you are the head of the household, and the institution where you plan to receive your education.

  • The American Indian College Fund. This is a series of grants provided by the Tribal Colleges, a confederation of accredited colleges on or near reservations. They are committed to funding and supporting Native American students. For more information about grants from the American Indian College Fund, go to

  • Smart Grant. This grant provides extra funding for you if you are already receiving a Pell Grant. You must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be studying in the field of engineering, math or a foreign language.

  • Tribal Colleges Equity Grant. These grants are given to land-grant institutions and given to students who are studying agricultural and food sciences. They are distributed by your college. If this is your area of study, check with your institution’s financial aid advisor for more information.

  • Presbyterian Native American Educational Grant. The PC(USA) offers grants for first bachelor’s degrees to tribe members with at least a 2.5 GPA. These grants range from $500 to $1500.

  • American Baptists Financial Aid Program. The ABCUSA offers many outreach programs, including grants and scholarships for Native American students pursuing college or other higher education.

  • Online Education Database. The OEDb has several tribally-based native American grant programs listed. Simply go to the OEDb and search for “Native American” or for your tribe.

There are many Native American groups and government institutions who want to see Native American students succeed. In many cases, they provide Native American grants to make that happen.

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