The American Indian Scholars Program (AISP) was established in the 2023 Minnesota 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?

  • Student must 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 Minnesota resident tuition but is an enrolled member or citizen of a Minnesota Tribal Nation.
  • Requires students to submit copy of Tribal Enrollment Card
  • Cumulative credit limit of under 180 attempted credits, including credits attempted at other schools
  • Enrolled for at least one credit
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate certificate, diploma, or degree program
  • Not have already obtained a bachelor’s degree


Important to know about the program:

  • Students do not have to complete a FAFSA
  • Covers only tuition and fees – meant to be a waiver of tuition and fees
  • It may reduce eligibility in other financial aid programs such as student loans


How to apply?


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