American Indian College Fund

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Application Deadline

The 2017 application period is closed. Please check back for more information regarding the 2018 program.



The American Indian College Fund was established in 1989 to provide scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native students attending tribal colleges, and to fund and create awareness about the community-based accredited tribal colleges and universities offering students access to knowledge and skills alongside Native culture, language, and values.

Apply for Scholarships

The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending tribal colleges and other accredited public and non-profit private college all across the United States.

How to apply

  • Undergraduate Tribal College and University Students
  • Undergraduate Non-Tribal College and University Students
  • Graduate Students, All Colleges

How to Apply

The American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships

How to Complete Your Application

The following information is required in the online application. All required sections must be complete to submit the application. Work may be saved for completion later if necessary. Once an application has been submitted nothing may be changed.

  • Profile — Contact information must be accurate.
  • Full Circle Application — Questions and three short answers evaluated to select awards.
  • Documents — Required information to help determine eligibility.

1. Digital Photo — Photos are shared with donors to encourage future donations. The digital photo must be at least 1.5 MB in size.

2. Tribal Affiliation — Submit CIB or other proof of enrollment. If not enrolled, but have an enrolled parent or grandparent, please submit proof of enrollment for the enrolled relative and include birth certificates proving descendantship. (Alaska Natives may show proof of Native corporation membership.)

3. Transcripts — Upload the most recent college transcript. Unofficial transcripts are accepted. Students starting college should upload their high school transcript or GED score report.

4. Financial needs analysis (FNA) form — If attending a tribal college, request the financial aid office to complete the form online. If not attending a tribal college, a completed form is also required. This must be completed by your school’s financial aid office and must be faxed or mailed directly to us. This information is required for scholarship consideration.

Tribal College Students Only — To be considered for all available scholarships, complete both the TCU Scholarship Program application and the Full Circle Scholarship Program application. See your TCU’s financial aid office for more information on the TCU Scholarship Program and the deadlines for applying.


Minimum general eligibility requirements for a scholarship from the American Indian College Fund (the Full Circle and/or TCU Scholarship Programs) include:

  • U.S. citizens or Canadians eligible to attend college in the U.S. under provisions of the Jay Treaty
  • Enrolled in a certificate, associates, bachelors, or graduate program at an accredited tribal, public, or private (non-profit) college or university
  • Full-time enrollment (Full Circle applicants only).
  • Registered as an enrolled member of a federal or state recognized tribe, or a descendant of at least one grandparent or parent who is an enrolled tribal member; Alaska Natives may use Native Corporation membership. You can use this website to trace Indian ancestry.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher is required for most scholarships (TCU Scholarship Program may have exceptions; contact your financial aid office for more details)
  • Submission of a completed online application.

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