Education Services Department
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:
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:
THE DEADLINES FOR EACH FUNDING SESSION ARE AS FOLLOWS:
The funding priorities are as follows:
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)
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.
Students are eligible to apply for the CRST Scholarship if they:
TERMINATION OF FUNDING
Funding may be terminated if a student:
These reasons must be verified in writing and presented to the CRST Education Services office before the end of the semester.
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
financial assistance in the form of a grant to aid college students with expenses relating to:
PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO THE FOLLOWING:
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.
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
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:
The deadlines for the CRST Scholarship are:
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
If you have any questions regarding any of this information, please contact the Education Services office and we will be happy to assist you.