NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENTS PLANNING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
If you or your student are interested in more information regarding higher education funding, please contact Ms. Amy McKenzie @ 299-4415, extension 2769 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
For more college and scholarship information, please contact Ms. Traci Nassar, Jenks High School College and Career Counselor.
*Please note that the deadlines may have passed on some of the Scholarships and Grants; however, those that have expired will be available again during the same period next year.
Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program (OTAG)
The Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program (OTAG) is a need-based grant program for Oklahoma residents who attend eligible colleges, universities and career technology centers in Oklahoma. Awards are approved for full-time or part-time undergraduate students.
Application is made through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available through high school counselors, the financial aid office at the college you are planning to attend, or at http://www.fafsa.gov/. For best consideration, you should complete and submit the FAFSA to the federal student aid application system as soon as possible after Jan. 1. IT IS IMPORTANT TO APPLY EARLY. Typically, OTAG receives more eligible applications than can be awarded with available funds, and how early a student applies can be the deciding factor in whether that student is offered an OTAG award. For undocumented immigrant students, a special application is available. See âÂÂUndocumented Immigrant EligibilityâÂÂ below.
Financial need is measured by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is determined based on the information the student provides on their FAFSA. The maximum EFC eligible to receive OTAG may vary from year to year based on volume of eligible applications received and available state funding. State funding is usually finalized around the end of May each year. The EFC appears on the Student Aid Report sent to students by the U.S. Department of Education once the FAFSA has been processed. An award will not be denied for academic reasons as long as the school's minimum requirements for admission are fulfilled and satisfactory academic progress is made according to the school's policy for student financial aid recipients.
Undocumented Immigrant Eligibility
Undocumented immigrants meeting certain requirements may be considered for OTAG awards. In general, qualified applicants enrolling in postsecondary education for the first time in 2007-08 and thereafter must:
- Have graduated from a public or private high school in Oklahoma.
- Have resided in Oklahoma with a parent or guardian while attending a public or private high school in Oklahoma for at least two years prior to graduation.
- Satisfy admission standards, as determined by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and be admitted and enrolled in an institution within the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.
- Either hold a valid temporary visa or have provided to the institution a copy of a true and correct application or petition filed with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to legalize the student's immigration status.
Undocumented immigrants who have previously received OTAG awards and/or who were enrolled in post secondary education in 2006-07 or earlier are eligible under the criteria that was in effect in 2006-07. These students should call (405) 225-9456 or toll free (800) 858-1840 for more information regarding their qualifications.
Qualified undocumented immigrant students should complete the Application for Undocumented Immigrants, following the directions included on the form regarding completion, and mail directly to the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program.
Currently, the maximum annual award is the lesser of 75 percent of enrollment costs or $1,000 for students attending public colleges, universities or career technology centers, and $1,300 for students attending eligible private colleges or universities. One-half of the award is disbursed in the fall semester, and one-half is disbursed in the spring semester. Funds are released to eligible students by campus officials after eligibility has been confirmed.
OTAG awards may be paid in part or in whole with funds provided by the State of Oklahoma, the Federal Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) program, or the Federal Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (SLEAP) program.
For Further Information
See FAQs About Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG) or contact:
Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program
P. O. Box 108850
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-8850
Toll-free: (800) 858-1840
In Oklahoma City: (405) 225-9456
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Oklahoman's want to see deserving students succeed âÂÂ students who study and work hard, but whose families find it difficult to afford college. If your child dreams of going to college and works to achieve it, then we can help make it a reality!
To make that happen, the Oklahoma Legislature has set up a unique program for eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grade students (home school students must be age 13, 14 or 15) that will help pay for their college education if their family's income is $50,000 or less at the time the student applies for the program.* This program is Oklahoma's Promise.
But college isn't easy. So to make sure students get ready for college while they're still in high school, the program requires students to take certain high school courses. They will have to pass those courses and keep up their grades. And besides staying on top of the books, students will also have to show that they're in control outside the classroom. That means staying away from trouble like gangs, drugs and alcohol. In short, the student promises to prepare academically for college and stay out of trouble, and in return, the state of Oklahoma promises to help pay the studentâÂÂs college tuition.
If you don't qualify for this program, there are still other ways to pay for college, including scholarships, grants and student loans. For more information on other financial aid, see your counselor for more details, visit the financial aid section on the Student Center, or call the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education's student information hotline at 800.858.1840.
*In addition, the income of the student's parents (or the student if the student is financially independent of their parents) may not exceed $100,000 at the time the student begins college and prior to receiving the scholarship. This provision becomes effective for students receiving the award in college for the first time in 2012-13 and thereafter.
TRIBAL HIGHER EDUCATION SITES
Muscogee Creek Nation
Choctaw students make sure you sign up for the SAP, you will have access to the Choctaw web page and detailed information on scholarships...you must have your tribal enrollment number to register. Choctaw Nation offers many opportunities for high school students through their Scholarship Advisement Program. This is a wonderful resource and thought you might want to pass this information along to your Choctaw Students:
The Cherokee Nation also has revamped their Higher Ed. web page, click on the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma Link on the scholarship page. Cherokee Nation Higher Education - Cherokee Nation Scholarship Application Tips, Guidelines and Advisor Assignment and Contact Information.
The Chickasaw grants and scholarships for higher education are available to full-time and part-time "undergraduate", "graduate" or "doctoral" college students. Students must be Chickasaw and possess their Chickasaw Nation citizenship card. The grants and scholarships are intended to assist students by providing funding for tuition, fees, and books for those students pursuing a degree from an accredited institution of higher education. The field of study is not limited to any particular discipline. The primary objective of these grants and scholarships is to provide financial assistance in a manner that will increase the number of Chickasaw citizens attending college. Students applying for funding may attend any accredited college in the United States. Comprehensive universities, regional universities, two-year colleges, private institutions and online universities within Oklahoma or outside of the state are acceptable as long as they are accredited. Award notification is given once all paperwork has been completed and turned in before deadline. Deadlines are stated on the applications. Please read all guidelines for every grant and scholarship and only apply for the grants and scholarships that you are eligible for.
Mainstream College Scholarships
American Indian College Fund
Partnerships with corporate and private donors have introduced a category of special scholarships that are being offered to American Indian students attending mainstream universities and tribal colleges for American Indian students pursuing undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. These scholarships are administered by the Fund and are generally based upon merit or demonstrated financial need.
The American Indian Education Foundationhave released their "Tools for Success" Guidebook. It is available Free of Charge on their website, it is in PDF format and accessible for saving to your computer.
The Quest Bridge National College Match helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation's most selective colleges. http://www.questbridge.org/students/program.html
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Scholarship Programs -AISES scholarships are intended to partially defray tuition and other educational expenses, thereby increasing access to higher education and improving college retention rates for our members.
SCHOLARSHIP GUIDES AND RESOURCES
An increasing number of high school students and their families are looking to online college fairs as a way to gain information about higher education opportunities. With the cost of travel too steep for many students, online college fairs can help them learn about schools before they narrow their focus to those to which they will actually apply. They can also communicate with college admission and other relevant staff. Students may also feel more comfortable talking about their questions, grades, and SAT score from home or other comfortable settings, especially in the early stage of the college search process.
To learn more, visit www.collegeweeklive.com and www.greencollegetour.com
Choctaw Students - Scholarship Assistance Program is a very helpful tool available to all Choctaw citizens in preparing for college, whether that be testing or attaining scholarships and all things in between, it is well worth investigating!
www.studentaid.ed.gov - The official student aid website of the U.S. Department of Education provides information on all federal programs.
www.finaid.org - This information site, owned by Monster Worldwide and published by Mark Kantrowitz, provides information on student financial aid, calculators, and other comprehensive financial aid information.
www.students.gov - This official U.S. government web site provides access to information and resources on planning and paying for education, career development, campus life, online study help and more.
www.mappingyourfuture.org - This information site is a national collaborative, public-service, nonprofit organization providing career, college, financial aid, and financial literacy services.
www.studentloanborrowerassistance.org - This program of the National Consumer Law Center provides information on the rights and responsibilities of student loan borrowers.
www.projectonstudentdebt.org - This advocacy group offers advice for loan borrowers and helps identify cost-effective solutions.
http://edlabor.house.gov/ - U.S. Committee on Education and Labor provides information on the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007.