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Preparing for College

Financial Aid and Scholarships


Students should access ALL sources of scholarships through their high school, local community and business organizations, colleges, national databases and tribal sources.  You should not pay to have someone look for scholarships for you; you can search yourself for FREE.  Know that the more effort you apply, the more money you will find!

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
The first step in applying for financial aid is completing the FAFSA. Make sure you list all the colleges you have applied to or plan to apply to are included on your FAFSA application.

High School/District/Community Sponsored Scholarships
Minneapolis students should check with their Career Centers and their Naviance accounts to get up to date scholarship lists and reminders.

Fast Web
Students can sign up with free websites like Fast Web to get email notifications about scholarships for which they might qualify.

Native American Scholarship Database
Most of these scholarships require tribal enrollment, but some only require proof of descent: Click HERE for Scholarship Info!


Searching for scholarships shouldn’t end once students enter college!!!

There are many scholarships that become available once students have been in college a year or more or once they start planning for graduate school. One such resource for more scholarship information is the American Indian Graduate Center