New York State Aid to Native Americans

Eligibility from NYS HESC

Enrolled members of a New York State tribe and their children who are attending, or planning to attend, a college in New York State, and are New York State residents may apply for a New York State Aid to Native Americans award. Awards are made to all eligible applicants and there is no qualifying examination. Awards are available for two-, four-, or five-year programs.

Available Awards

Eligible and/or certified American Indian students are eligible to receive grant awards of up to $2,000 per year for up to four years of full-time study (five years for specific programs requiring five years to complete degree requirements). Students registered for less than 12 credit hours per semester will be considered “part-time” and will be funded on a prorated basis.

If funding is available, eligible students may receive aid for summer course work. Any aid a student receives for summer school study is deducted from the student’s maximum entitlement for four years of full-time college study.

Application Process

Applications must be postmarked by July 15 for the fall semester, by December 31 for the spring semester, and by May 20 for the summer session. There are no fees for submitting an application. Students must apply for each semester (not annually).

More Information

Specific eligibility criteria and information can be found at the New York State Education Department (NYSED), Native American Education Unit, or contact them by phone at 518.474.0537.