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?
- Application is available from the Financial Aid Office by emailing dsutherland*AT*fdltcc.edu or kathie*AT* fdltcc.edu
- IMPORTANT: Applicants must submit a copy of Tribal Enrollment Card with their application
Want more information? Go to https://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=2598