Education Services Department

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STAFF:
Dee A. Lawrence / Education Services Specialist
John Ducheneaux / Education Services Assistant

PROGRAMS:
The following Programs are contracted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe from the Bureau of Indian affairs under a Public Law 93-638 Contract.

HIGHER EDUCATION

ADULT VOCATIONAL TRAINING SERVICES

THE ADULT VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM provides vocational training grants to enrolled Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Members and other eligible Indian Tribal Members who reside on the Cheyenne River Reservation. To be eligible for a scholarship a student must be a high school graduate or have obtained a GED. The applicant must meet all the criteria stated in the Adult Vocational Training Guidelines.

All prospective college students must apply for FAFSA http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

How to Apply

Students applying for AVT are required to submit the following upon applying for assistance:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage License (if applicable)
  • Divorce Decree (if applicable)
  • Custody Papers (if applicable)
  • DD 214 (Military Discharge Papers)
  • Official School Transcripts (High School and College)
  • GED (If applicable)
  • Test of Adult Basic Education T.A.B.E. Scores
  • Enrollment Verification-Degree of Indian Blood
  • Social Security Card
  • Selective Service Card
  • Driver’s License (Criminal Justice Program Only)
  • Recent photograph (optional)
  • Arrest Record (Criminal Justice Program Only)
  • Copies of any certificates of training you may have received
  • Job Verification (Placement Only)
  • Landlord Statements (Placement Only)
  • Physical Examination (Request form)
  • Must apply for Federal Financial Aid
  • Letter of Acceptance
  • Proof of Residency
  • Program approval

The AVT program does not have a deadline; however, students are awarded on a first come first serve basis.

THE HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAM provides scholarship grants to enrolled Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Members. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a high school graduate or have obtained a GED. The applicant must meet the eligibility criteria stated in the Higher Education guidelines.

How to apply

To receive priority consideration, your application file must be complete by the deadline. The Following documents are required to complete your application file:

  • A fully completed Higher Education Scholarship application form. This form which is in triplicate should be submitted in whole. Faxed or reproduced copies will not be accepted.
  • A Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) certifying the applicant is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. (New applicants only)
  • A Letter of Acceptance from an eligible institution. (New students, transfers and previously suspended students only)
  • A High School Transcript or GED scores (New applicants only) High School students must submit a transcript of any completed college coursework.
  • Updated College Transcript from the previous term/year of attendance. (Returning students only must submit an official transcript which must be ordered and mailed directly to our office from the college. Fee required.)
  • A Financial Aid Package form/Needs Analysis Form prepared and certified by the College Financial Aid Officer indicating the student’s unmet need on his/her individual budget, resources and awards. This form will be mailed to the school by the Education Services Office upon receipt of your Higher Education application but can only be returned if the Student Aid Report (SAR) is on file with the Financial Aid Office.
  • NOTICE: ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE APPLICANTS enrolling in a vocational education or technical school must submit a letter from the school verifying: 1. Accreditation, 2. Transferability of credits to a 4-year institution.
  • SUMMER SCHOOL APPLICANTS ONLY! Students need to submit a Letter of Justification stating why you need summer school. The letter must be from an academic advisor or another staff person directly involved with the student’s progress.

THE DEADLINES FOR EACH FUNDING SESSION ARE AS FOLLOWS:
ACADEMIC YEAR…………………………………………………..JUNE 15
SPRING SEMESTER ONLY…………………………………………NOVEMBER 15
SUMMER SESSION…………………………………………………APRIL 15

***IMPORTANT***
Students must submit a new application for each of the terms above. If you are not awarded for the academic year and would like to be considered for the following spring term, please submit another application for the spring term only.

The funding priorities are as follows:

  1. SENIORS
  2. JUNIORS
  3. SOPHOMORES
  4. FRESHMAN

To remain eligible for the Higher Education Scholarship Program, you must maintain a grade point average (GPA) minimum of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and you must complete the semester earning no less than 12 credit hours. Freshman students may be placed on probation if their term GPA is less than 2.0 but higher than 1.75. Sophomores, juniors and seniors with a GPA of less than 2.0 will be placed on suspension.

PLEASE NOTE: STUDENTS IN DEFAULT ON A STUDENT LOAN ARE INELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING THROUGH THE HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAM UNTIL THE STUDENT IS NO LONGER IN DEFAULT STATUS AND IS ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID.

THE HIGHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP IS A SUPPLEMENTAL GRANT THEREFORE; ALL STUDENTS MUST APPLY FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA/PELL)

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS


How to Apply

The CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX TRIBE SCHOLARSHIP is designed to assist those students who would not otherwise receive any financial assistance from the Higher Education Scholarship or Employment Assistance/AVT Grant program. It is considered a “second chance” scholarship and the student must apply for the Higher Education Scholarship prior to applying for the CRST to determine eligibility.

Eligibility

Students are eligible to apply for the CRST Scholarship if they:

  • Are Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Members (Submit CDIB)
  • Are enrolled full-time in a specialized technical degree, an associates or bachelors degree program at any accredited institution.  (Submit Letter of Acceptance)
  • Have graduated from High School or GED.  (Submit HS transcript or GED scores)
  • Must FIRST be eligible to participate in the Higher Education Scholarship Program and
  • Have been denied funding through the CRST Higher Education Scholarship Program based on the following reasons:  1. Lack of funds.  2. Ineligible due to high Parental Contribution. (amended 11/22/06)  3. Undergraduate students in good standing but are no longer eligible for the Higher Education Scholarship due to exhausting the number of semesters allowed per Higher Education Part 100 regulations.
  • Once funded the student must maintain a 2.00 GPA and earn 12 credit hours.
  • Students may not receive both the Higher Education Scholarship and the CRST Scholarship.
  • All students must apply for the Higher Education Scholarship prior to applying for the CRST Scholarship in order to determine eligibility.

 

TERMINATION OF FUNDING

Funding may be terminated if a student:

  1. Fails to meet or maintain the eligibility requirements of the program.
  2. Fails to maintain minimum G.P.A. of (2.00) and a course load (12 credit hours minimum) standards per semester.
  3. Fails to submit an OFFICIAL grade transcript at the end of the term to the CRST Education Services Department for review.  THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.  You must contact the Registrar at your school as there may be a fee you need to pay before it can be sent.
  4. Graduates from school-Scholarships are available for one (1) degree program only whether technical or academic.
  5. Withdraws during a semester or discontinues training without providing written notification to the CRST Education Services office.  Only withdrawals for the following reasons will prevent termination of funding:
    1. Medical-must present medical statement signed by your physician.
    2. Death in family (immediate family members only)

These reasons must be verified in writing and presented to the CRST Education Services office before the end of the semester.

 

REINSTATEMENT PROCESS

Students that fail to meet the minimum academic requirements of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Scholarship shall not be considered for future funding until the student through other funding sources earns a minimum of 12 credit hours with a 2.0 GPA in one term. The student shall submit an official transcript for review at the end of the term to the Education Services Office.  Funding may be reinstated if the student successfully completes one semester earning a 2.0 GPA with no less than 12 credit hours and as long as funds are available.

APPEALS PROCESS

Students must appeal in writing to the CRST Education Services Office within 10 days of receipt of notice of termination of funding.  If the decision is upheld by the Education Director, the student may appeal to the CRST Education Committee within 10 days of receipt of notice from the Education Director’s ruling.  The decision rendered by the CRST Education Committee will be final.

Deadlines:  Academic Year August 1st

Spring Only December 15th
No Summer Funding Available
The CRST Education Hardship Grant

Purpose and Guidelines

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To provide

one-time

financial assistance in the form of a grant to aid college students with expenses relating to:

  • Education related expenses for college students including Graduate level students that are not eligible to receive any funding through the Higher Education Scholarship and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Scholarship and Employment Assistance/Adult Vocational Training Grant Program due to being suspended, permanently suspended, in default on a student loan or spent all total number of semesters allowed by the Higher Education Scholarship Program. 
  • Graduate students must be enrolled in a Masters Degree Program only.  This does not include students pursuing a second Bachelor’s degree.
  • Students attending College off-reservation only.  First time moving expenses such as room deposits, transportation (mileage one-way), utility deposits and first month’s rent.

 

PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO THE FOLLOWING:
  1. Undergraduate level students attending college off-reservation
  2. Moving expenses for students attending college off-reservation
  3. Undergraduate students attending Oglala Lakota College/Presentation College
  4. Graduate students attending college off-reservation (does not include On-Line Distance Learning Programs)
  5. Graduate students enrolled in On-Line Distance Learning Programs.

 

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be given priority consideration, the following documents are required and must be attached prior to submitting your application.  If not, your application will be incomplete and will not be considered for funding.

  1. Students are required to apply for the Higher Education Scholarship prior to applying for the CRST Hardship Grant in order to determine eligibility.
  2. Students must be ineligible for financial assistance through the Education Services office.  This information will be verified by the Education Services Office.
  3. Must be a Member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (provide copy of CDIB)
  4. Must be accepted into a Post Secondary Institution (Provide copy of Letter of Acceptance)
  5. Must provide Landlord statement (Rent applicant’s only) this information will be verified.

If the student is eligible for financial services through the Education Services office and they have not completed an application, they will not be considered eligible to receive the CRST Education Hardship Grant.

 

DEADLINES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

FALL SEMESTER SEPTEMBER 15TH
SPRING SEMESTERFEBRUARY 15TH

ALL INFORMATION WILL BE VERIFIED WITH THE EDUCATION SERVICES OFFICE

These programs are available to all Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Members desiring to pursue an academic college degree. These programs assist students by providing both financial and non-financial assistance. Financial assistance is in the form of a scholarship. These scholarships are intended to alleviate the burden of college expenses; however they do not cover the complete cost of a college education.

This office encourages all prospective college students to aggressively seek alternative financial aid scholarships as well as apply for all available financial aid locally. This is done by consulting with your High School Counselor, www.c-eb.com utilizing the Internet by doing a search for Native American Scholarships, www.collegefund.org downloading the application and following the instructions while paying close attention to the deadlines and by contacting the Education Services office. In addition, we highly encourage parents/students to attend the Financial Aid Information Night and College Goal Sunday which is sponsored by www.sdasfaa.org held each year at your local high school as this is where you receive all the information about college and the applications are available at that time.

Therefore, we encourage the student to apply as early as parents prepare their income taxes which is usually before March 1st of each year.

The deadlines for the Higher Education Scholarship are:

  • Academic Year June 15th
  • Spring Only November 15th
  • Summer Session(s) April 15th

The deadlines for the CRST Scholarship are:

  • Academic Year August 1st
  • Spring Semester Only December 15th

Once the student has completed the application process, award letters or denial letters are mailed to the student. The scholarship checks are mailed directly to the College Financial Aid Office and are applied towards educational costs first which are tuition, books and fees.  Any remaining funds may be refunded to the student to be used for living expenses, however if the educational costs exceed the amount of your scholarship award, the student will not receive a refund and may be required to set up a payment plan to pay the remaining balance owed to the college.

Many post secondary institutions provide free tuition for Native American students. You will be required to submit a copy of your Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood to the school in order to receive the benefit. You can contact this office to find out which colleges offer free tuition. United Tribes Technical College www.uttc.edu is not one of those colleges. You are charged for tuition, books and fees and are required to apply for all available financial aid to help cover the cost of living expenses. We highly encourage UTTC students to plan ahead prior to departure by applying early and asking questions about the cost, room and board and if you have a family, you must apply for housing. UTTC has a waiting list for housing, therefore you must apply early. Lack of housing on the UTTC campus is problematic especially for families. We may have the funding available but often UTTC is full. The only colleges that are basically “free” are Haskell Indian Nations University www.haskell.edu at Lawrence KS and Southwestern Polytechnic Institute www.sipi.bia.edu at Albuquerque NM.

The CRST Education Services staff is available to assist you. If you need college information, we can provide you with toll-free telephone numbers www.sdasfaa.org to contact the college with your requests or we can request the information for you. We can assist you in completing the forms, however, we highly encourage the student to do the best they can as the student must become familiar with the process themselves in order to be successful at college.

Message to parents: Your college student needs your support. www.eac-easci.org
We encourage parents to communicate with their student, help them by encouraging them to stay in school and by providing them with emotional support as well as financial support when needed. This is a very important factor in college success.

If you have any questions regarding any of this information, please contact the Education Services office and we will be happy to assist you. 

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