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To be eligible for a Higher Education Grant, a student must:
- Be a member of, or at least one-quarter degree Indian blood descendent of a member of an American Indian tribe which is eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States through the Bureau of Indian Education because of their status as Indians.
- Be accepted for admission to a nationally accredited institution of higher education which provides a course of study conferring the Associate of Arts or Bachelor's degree.
- Demonstrate financial need as determined by the financial aid officer of the collegiate institution.
The grant application is available from the education officer of the Tribe in which you are affiliated or possess membership. As the majority of federally recognized tribes are administering the grant program for their tribal members, call your tribe first. A Tribal Directory is located on the Department of the Interior's website: www.doi.gov/leaders.
The burden of proof of Indian ancestry rests with the individual claiming possession of Indian blood.