Indian Education-Higher Education Grant Program

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

Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.114
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Indian Education
Types of Assistance
PROJECT GRANTS
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.
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.
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. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application 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 Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. 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 Procedure
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.
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 OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
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.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available.
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-2100-0-1-501.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 11 $38,171,189; FY 12 est $37,594,364; and FY 13 est $38,132,579
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
James Martin 1849 C Street, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: james.martin@bie.edu Phone: 2022085810
Website Address
http://www.bie.edu
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available.
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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