Tribal Technical Colleges


To provide grants for to pay the costs (including institutional support costs) of operating postsecondary career and technical education programs for Indian students at tribally controlled postsecondary career and technical institutions.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Indian Education, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Career and Technical Institutions Program, Public Law 113-36, 25 U.S.C. 1862.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Funding is limited to the United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) located in Bismarck, North Dakota; and the Navajo Technical College (NTC) located in Crownpoint, New Mexico. UTTC is a regionally accredited institution, having achieved accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, UTTC is the first tribal college in the nation authorized to offer full on-line degree programs. NTC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer associate of applied science degrees and certificates.
Beneficiary Eligibility
United Tribes Technical College is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation chartered by the state of North Dakota and operated by these five tribes: Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold, the Spirit Lake Tribe, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. The college serves students from federally recognized Indian Tribes, but welcomes and serves students of all backgrounds. Navajo Technical College primarily services Navajo students but has an open door admissions policy.
Written evidence of approval of the application by the governing body of one or more Indian tribes of the students served by or to be served by the college. "Tribal governing body" means the tribal governing body or tribal governing bodies that represent the students served by such school.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. An applicant should consult the Division of Post-Secondary Education.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Recipients are limited to the United Tribes Technical College and the Navajo Technical College. Contact the Ms. Juanita Mendoza, Bureau of Indian Education for additional information.
Award Procedure
After receiving approval of the application by the governing body or governing bodies, the Director will designate a study team to determine whether there is justification to encourage maintaining a college.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Disputes between the United Tribes Technical College, Navajo Technical Collge and the Bureau of Indian Affairs may be appealed through an informal conference with the deciding official, may be appealed to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or may bring suit in U.S. District Court. Full appeal procedures are found in 2 CFR 200.341. An appeal of a college official's decision must be made under the college's appeal procedures.
Awards to the United Tribes Technical College and to Navajo Technical College to administer the program may be renewed indefinitely upon satisfactory performance by the college and the availability of appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Funds must not be used in connection with religious worship or sectarian instruction. Funds may be used for the general operating costs of the Tribal Technical College to defray, at the determination of the College, expenditures for academic, educational and administrative purposes and for the operation and maintenance of the College.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made on an annual basis. Funds remain available without fiscal year limitation until expended by the contractor/grantee.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See BIE Education Line Officers' addresses in Catalog Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Juanita Mendoza
Bureau of Indian Education, MS 4657-MIB, 1849 C Street, N.W.,
Washington, DC 20240 US
Phone: (202) 208-3559
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18 FY 19 FY 20 FY 15 est $6,814,000.00; FY 14$6,465,000.00; FY 16 est $6,911,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2015 UTTC was awarded $4,565,000, NTC was awarded $2,249,000. The amount of the award is determined by the annual appropriations. Indian Tribes may choose to supplement the funding provided by the grant program by identifying additional amounts in the Tribal Priority Allocations portion of the Bureau of Indian Affairs budget.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
25 CFR, Part 276.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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