Enrolled citizens of the Navajo Nation have the chance to fulfill their educational objectives through the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance (ONNSFA). The ONNSFA, formerly the Navajo Higher Education Office, was founded in 1972 when the Navajo Nation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs signed a P.L. 93-638 agreement for the administration of the Higher Education Grant. The Department of Diné Education is where the ONNSFA is located.
A variety of funding sources, including federal funds from the Higher Education Grant, Navajo Nation Funds, Trust Funds, and Corporate Funds, are used by the ONNSFA to grant financial aid and scholarships. Approximately 6,000 students pursuing a college degree or certificate received financial aid and scholarships totaling more than $24 million from the ONNSFA in 2018.
The online application for the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance is made available Biannually, . For the academic year 2023–2024, the online application is available starting on March 15 and ends on June 26, 2023. June 26, 2023 at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time is the application deadline for the 2023–2024 academic year. Applications must be submitted by November 27, 2023, at 5 p.m. MST, for the Winter/Spring term of 2024. (Unless those days fall on a weekend or holiday, the usual deadlines are June 25 and November 25.)
- Visit the ONNSFA website.
2: Select “Apply Online.“
NOTE: To prevent filing multiple applications, make sure the entries are accurate and submit the application ONLY ONE time. Processing times will be prolonged if incomplete data is submitted or if several online applications are submitted.
- Application: For the forthcoming semester, applicants must submit a completed form. Go to www.onnsfa.org to access the online application.
- Certificate of Indian Blood: Prospective candidates are required to send or produce an official Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) to the agency office. If an official CIB is already on file, continuing applicants are not required to submit another one unless there is a legal name change. Here is a form to request that your official CIB be forwarded to the ONNSFA by the Office of Vital Records.
- Official Transcripts – All official transcripts from colleges attended, GED results, and sealed, unopened official high school transcripts must be mailed or personally delivered to an agency office. Official electronic transcripts, or e-transcripts, certified digitally and sent by a school’s approved delivery agent—like Parchment or the National Student Clearinghouse—are accepted by the ONNSFA. Any other method of emailing transcripts to ONNSFA is regarded as “unofficial” and will not be used to assess a student’s eligibility for scholarships or financial aid.
- Financial Need Analysis: If a student intends to enroll full-time, they must turn in a completed Financial Need Analysis form to the financial aid office at their school. Based on the data from the FAFSA, a Financial Aid Officer at your institution will fill out this form and send it back to the ONNSFA.
For More Information about Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance (ONNSFA), Visit ONNSFA official website
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