Indian Post Secondary Schools

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - Applications may be obtained at the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency/area education program administrator as listed in Appendix IV.

Program Accomplishments

Haskell Indian Nations University enrolls approximately 900 students, approximately 174 students graduate each year. SIPI has an average enrollment of 600 students per trimester of whom about 100 graduate each year. SIPI also offers technical certificate programs in addition to associate degrees.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Students may attend one of two post-secondary schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs with minimal charge for tuition, room and board.

Married student housing is not available on campus.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A member of a Federally Recognized Indian tribe.

Beneficiary Eligibility

American Indians.


Application must be accompanied by a verification of Tribal affiliation.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Interested applicants may obtain a Standard Form 5-6621 from a local Area/Agency education program office or Tribal Government education office, or applicants may contact the schools directly.

Award Procedures

Applications will be reviewed by the colleges' admissions committees.


Haskell: Fall Semester-June 30; Spring Semester-November 15; Summer School-(if funds are available)-April 15. SIPI: Fall Trimester-September 1; Spring Trimester-December 29; Summer Trimester-May 5.


Snyder Act of 1921 Public Law 67-85, 25 U.S.C. 13.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Students will be notified within 4 weeks of having submitted a completed application packet.




Haskell: Fulltime students are considered making satisfactory academic progress if they are not on academic probation and have not completed the minimum hours to graduate with an associate degree in six semesters or with a baccalaureate degree in 12 semesters. SIPI: Awards may be renewed until the student completes the chosen program of study so long as satisfactory progress is maintained and the student adheres to the student code of conduct.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Haskell Indian Nations University: $210 per semester for housing, student activities, and textbooks; SIPI: Lodging full-time: $280.00, Commuter full-time: $225.00, Commuter part-time: $150.00. New fees are effective Fall/2005 trimester. All Fees are non-refundable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended by the contractor/grantee. Payments may be made in advance or by way of reimbursement. The timing of the payments will be negotiated with the Indian tribe.

Post Assistance Requirements






Applicants are to submit official transcript from high school or other institution attended or certificate of GED.

Financial Information

Account Identification



Fiscal Years 2006-2008 Not separately identifiable.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not identifiable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

25 CFR, Part 40; Haskell Indian Nations University Catalog; Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Catalog.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Applications may be obtained at the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency/area education program administrator as listed in Appendix IV.

Headquarters Office

Haskell Indian Nations University,155 Indian Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66046. Telephone: (785) 749-8454; Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, 9169 Coors Road, NW, Albuquerque, NM, 81774. Telephone: (505)346-2348.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

To the extent that space is available, all applicants meeting the eligibility criteria and demonstrating the ability to benefit from post-secondary education will be accepted.

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