Indian Education Higher Education Grant

To provide financial aid to eligible Indian students to enable them to attend accredited institutions of higher education.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Information Available.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Information Available.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Information Available.

Grants for this Program


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 - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Education Line Officers' addresses in Catalog Appendix IV.
Website Address

http://www.bie.edu




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
American Indian Higher Education Consortium $ 22,407,343   2018-07-012024-09-30
Wichita & Affiliated Tribes $ 159,585   2021-01-012023-12-31
Mississippi Band Of Choctaw Indians $ 1,253,752   2009-12-102023-09-30
Confederated Tribes Of The Colville Reservation, The $ 990,073   2019-10-012022-09-30
Mississippi Band Of Choctaw Indians $ 8,525,988   1996-02-142022-09-30
Seminole Tribe Of Florida, Inc., The $ 1,465,611   2002-04-052022-09-30
Seminole Tribe Of Florida, Inc., The $ 845,202   2001-02-062022-09-30
Colorado River Indian Tribe $ 599,559   2019-01-012021-12-31
Coushatta Tribe Of Louisiana $ 32,057   2019-01-012021-12-31
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe $ 14,886,369   2005-03-162021-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Information Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Information Available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Information Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds are to supplement the total financial aid package prepared by the college financial aid officer.

Funds are intended to assist students in pursuing their undergraduate baccalaureate degree.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and tribal organizations authorized by Indian Tribal Governments may apply to administer the program.

Individuals who are members of Federally Recognized Indian Tribes may submit applications for benefits directly to the Bureau of Indian Affairs if the Bureau agency serving their reservation provides direct services for this program.

Individuals must be enrolled in an accredited college and have financial need as determined by the institution's financial aid office.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Members of a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited college and have financial need as determined by the institution's financial aid office.

Credentials/Documentation

Initial application by Indian tribes and tribal organizations must be accompanied by an authorizing resolution of the governing body of the Indian tribe. Individual student applicants must submit a certificate of Indian blood; college financial aid package; statement of acceptance by college and Bureau of Indian Affairs grant application. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The applicant should consult the BIE Education Line Officer.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Initial applications by Indian tribes and tribal organizations to administer the program must contain the information specified in 25 CFR Part 900, Subpart C, 'Contract Proposal Contents.' Individual students must be accepted by a college or university and should complete application forms in accordance with instructions available upon request from the BIE Education Line Office, or tribal contractor administering the program. Completed forms are submitted to the student's higher education program office at the appropriate office.

Award Procedures

In most cases, the application by an Indian tribe or tribal organization to administer the program can be approved by the BIE Education Line Officer and awarded by the Area/Agency Bureau Awarding Official. Individual students are notified by the Bureau of Indian Education ELO or tribal contractor, and funds are sent to the applicant in care of the college or university financial aid office.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Snyder Act of 1921, Public Law 67-85, 42 Stat. 208, 25 U.S.C. 13; Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended; Public Law 103-413, Title II Tribal Self-Governance Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications by Indian tribes and tribal organizations to administer the program will be processed within 90 days. Applications by students will be processed within 6 to 10 weeks after all required documents are submitted.

Appeals

Indian tribes and tribal organizations whose application to administer the program is denied may request an informal conference with the deciding official, or may appeal the denial of the application to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or may bring suit in U.S. District Court. Full appeal procedures are found in 25 CFR Part 900. Individual students may appeal a Bureau of Indian Affairs official's decision to the BIE Education Line Officer under the procedures contained in 25 CFR Part 2, ' Appeals from Administrative Actions.'.

Renewals

Awards to Indian tribes and tribal organizations may be renewed indefinitely upon satisfactory performance by the contractor/grantee. A notice of intent to renew should be submitted at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the current award. The amount of the award may be adjusted as a result of individual tribal priorities established in the budget formulation process. Grants to students may be continued through the undergraduate level if the student maintains acceptable progress and academic standing. Renewal applications must be submitted annually with updated grades or transcript.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards to Indian tribes and tribal organizations are made on an annual basis. Grants to students are generally made for the academic year on a quarter or semester basis. A grant is for a period not to exceed 5 years, or the period of time required to complete the course of study. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments may be made in advance or by way of reimbursement. The time of the payments will be negotiated with the Indian tribe or tribal organization.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program accomplishment reporting requirements will be negotiated with the Self-Determination contractor/grantee.

Students applying for continuation of grants must submit grade reports at the end of each academic year.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Indian tribes and tribal organizations are required to submit the SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Financial records must be maintained by the Indian tribe or tribal organization for three years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for three years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for three years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-2100-0-1-501.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 17 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 18 Not Separately Identifiable

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $300 to $5,000; Average $2,700.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

25 CFR, Part 40; 25 CFR Part 900.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Education Line Officers' addresses in Catalog Appendix IV.

Headquarters Office

Joe Herrin Headquarters Office: Office of Indian Education Programs, Bureau of Indian Affairs, MS-4657 MIB, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: joe.herrin@bie.edu Phone: (202)208-7658

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All Indian tribes and tribal organizations meeting the requirements of 25 CFR Part 900 will be selected if the program has been prioritized by the Indian tribe through participation in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal Priority Allocation budget formulation process, or by the Office of Self Governance tribes. Final determination to fund student applications is based on the individual's eligibility and total dollars available to the Indian tribe or tribal organization or local Bureau office.



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