American Indian Scholars Program

The American Indian Scholars Program was established in the 2023 Legislative Session. This program provides a first-dollar tuition and fee-free pathway for Minnesotans eligible for resident tuition who are enrolled members or citizens of any federally recognized tribe or Canadian First Nation to attend a Minnesota State institution or the University of Minnesota. Students not eligible for resident tuition who are enrolled members or citizens of a Minnesota Tribal Nation are also eligible for the program.

Who is eligible?

In general, students enrolled at Minnesota State University, Mankato must:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate certificate, diploma, or degree program;
  • Not have already obtained a bachelor’s degree;
  • Have fewer than 180 credits attended at the college-level; and
  • Be either a:
    • Minnesota resident who qualifies for resident tuition and an enrolled member or citizen of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Canadian First Nation; or
    • Student who does not qualify for resident tuition but is an enrolled member or citizen of a Minnesota Tribal Nation.

I’m eligible, what now?

  • Complete the American Indian Scholars e-form here:
    • Provide all required Student Information
    • Use the Attachments button in the e-form to attach documentation verifying your eligible membership or citizenship of an eligible tribe/nation
  • The Financial Aid Office will notify you of eligibility.
  • If eligible for this funding, your other financial aid may need to be reduced so your total financial aid does not exceed your total Cost of Attendance.