Scholarships for American Indians


Tribes and Nations  - Misc. and Other Minorities


BIA Higher Education Grant Program

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Attn: Office of Indian Education Programs
1849 C Street, N.W.
MS 3512-MIB
Washington, DC 20240-0001
(202) 208-6123      Fax: (202) 208-3312


To provide financial assistance to undergraduate students who belong to or are affiliated with federally-recognized Indian tribes.


This program is open to 

  • members of American Indian tribes who are eligible for special programs and services provided through the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) because of their status as Indians
  • individuals who are at least one-quarter degree Indian blood descendants of those members.

Applicants must be

  • enrolled or planning to enroll at an accredited college or university in a course of study leading to an associate of arts or bachelor's degree
  • able to demonstrate financial need


Most tribes administer the grant program directly for their members, but other tribal members may contact the BIA Office of Indian Education Programs to learn the name and address of the nearest Education Programs to learn the name and address of the nearest Education Line Officer who can provide an application and assistance in completing it.

Financial  data

Individual awards depend on the financial need of the recipient; they range from $300 to $5,000 and average $2,800 per year.  Recently, a total of $20,290,000 was available.


1 year; may be renewed for up to 4 additional years

Additional information

Funds may be used for either part-time or full-time study. This program was authorized by the Snyder Act of 1921

Number awarded

Approximately 9,500 students receive assistance through this program annually


  • June of each year for fall term
  • October of each year for spring term
  • April of each year for summer school