FAQ

Below you'll find answers to the most common questions you may have about American Indian Services. If you still can't find what you're looking for, please contact us! We're here to help.

How do I apply for the AIS Scholarship?

The student will need to fill out the online application and submit all required documents by the deadline.

When is the scholarship deadline?

AIS has four different deadlines that correspond with the school’s term start date. Be sure to apply for the deadline that matches your school’s academic calendar. Deadlines: February 1, April 1, July 1, and November 1

What are the requirements?
  • Enrolled or will enroll as a matriculated student in a university, college, junior college or technical school (incoming freshman accepted).

  • An enrolled member of a U.S. Federally Recognized American Indian or Alaska Native Tribe, or descendant of a base roll member. 

  • Undergraduate student with no more than 150-semester credits or 210 quarter credits. First bachelor’s degree only. *Graduate studies NOT eligible.

  • Full-time or part-time status – excluding non-credit courses (minimum of 6 credits).

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 must be established and maintained after the first term of college.

Am I eligible to apply if I am First Nations, Latin American, or Pacific Islander? 

No. Only students who are enrolled members of a U.S. Federally Recognized Native American Tribe or descendants of an enrolled member are eligible to apply.​

I forgot my username/password, how do I retrieve it? 

You will need to know and have access to the email address you entered when you created your account with us. You will then click on the link for “Forgot your Password” and enter your email address and submit. Your login information will be emailed to you.

How do I submit the required documents?

All required documents need to be uploaded directly to the application no later than the deadline.

Do you accept emailed or faxed documents?

No. We are no longer accepting any emailed or faxed documents. Students need to upload all required documents, directly to their application, no later than the deadline.

What can I turn in for proof of heritage?

It can be a copy of your enrollment ID or CIB. If you are not enrolled but are a descendant of a base roll member, you will need to provide proof of enrollment for your relative, as well as proof of relation. Ask your tribal enrollment office for a statement or you can apply for a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood from the BIA. Visit here to find out how to contact your tribe, apply for enrollment, and/or apply for a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood.

I'm not able to get a tuition statement until after the deadline. Is that okay?

No. Late documents will not be accepted. If you are not able to register before the deadline, you may request a letter from your school with the estimated cost of tuition for the term you are applying for. You can check with financial aid, the bursar's office, the scholarship office, your advisor, or even the American Indian office on campus. Request it ahead of time in order to get it submitted by the deadline.

Grades have not been posted yet. Will you accept a late transcript?

No. Late documents will not be accepted. Don’t wait for final grades to be posted and request the most current transcript as soon as possible. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

How can I check the status of my application?

Login with your email and the password you created to check your status.

How much is a scholarship award worth?

Awards vary between $500 to $2,000 depending on tuition, merit, and funds available. Receiving a certain award amount for one term does not mean you will receive the same amount for another term.

May I submit missing documents after the deadline?

No. Late documents will not be accepted and your application will automatically be marked as incomplete.

I missed the deadline. Can I still apply?

No. Late applications will not be accepted. Each award is only for the term listed under the deadline schedule and cannot be used for the current or previous term. You will not be able to apply for the next award for the current award’s term.