Ongwe’onwe/Indigenous Student Scholarship
The University at Buffalo, In-State Tuition Scholarship/Grant, is designed to reduce out-of-state tuition to the cost of in-state tuition for any student that is a certified/enrolled citizen in any U.S. Federally recognized tribes and nations. The award is named in recognition of the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations Confederacy, and their land where UB is grateful to reside and operate.
2023 Eligibility Criteria and Required Documentation
To be eligible for the University at Buffalo Ongwe’onwe/Indigenous Student Scholarship you must meet the following criteria and provide required documentation:
- Must be currently enrolled or newly admitted to the University at Buffalo.
- Must be enrolled full-time in an Undergraduate, Graduate or Professional Degree Granting Program.
- Must be in good academic standing with at least a 2.00 UB GPA.
- Must be deemed and charged tuition as an out-of-state resident.
- Must be one of the following:
- A certified/enrolled citizen of a U.S. federally recognized nation or tribe.
- A child or grandchild of an enrolled U.S. federally recognized NYS Six Nations/Haudenosaunee Nation (Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca Allegany, Seneca Cattaraugus, St. Regis Mohawk, Tuscarora, Tonawanda Band of Seneca) citizen, that resides in the USA, outside of NYS.
- Have a Canadian Indian status for one of the Haudenosaunee nations (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, or Tuscarora).
- If eligible, file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Must provide documentation of tribal/nation enrollment which may include any one of the following:
- Canadian Indian Status Card.
- Certificate or letter of tribal/nation enrollment on tribal letterhead.
- Copy of student’s tribal/nation enrollment card.
- Copy of parents’ or grandparents’ tribal enrollment certificate or card, along with birth certificate with name proving relationship of parent and/or grandparent.
- Maximum term award eligibility is based upon the term you started your academic career and is listed below (or until funds have been exhausted):
- Undergraduate level – up to 10 terms to complete the first bachelor’s degree.
- Master’s Level – up to 6 terms to complete the first master’s degree.
- PHD Level – up to 12 terms to complete the first PhD.
- Complete and submit a General Application along with the University at Buffalo Ongwe’onwe/Indigenous Student Scholarship Application at the UB Scholarship Portal.
Information is subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state and/or institutional rules and regulations. Students must complete a FAFSA every year. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress to continue to receive financial aid.