Augsburg’s American Indian Recognition Full Tuition Program aims to support and promote the importance of American Indian students on campus. Unlike many public institutions, Augsburg’s program does not limit eligibility to American Indian students who live in the state. The program defines “American Indian” as an enrolled member of any federally recognized American Indian tribe, Alaskan Native Village, or Canadian First Nation, or a direct descendent (child or grandchild) of an enrolled or tribally verified member.
All students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and any associated required documentation for each academic year they are enrolled. For eligible students with family incomes under $150,000, the program will cover all remaining tuition and fees after federal and state gift aid has been applied. The program will cover 100% of unmet need (defined as tuition and standard fees minus the student’s Estimated Family Contribution from the FAFSA) for eligible students with family incomes above $150,000. Students can apply other scholarships or external financial aid toward costs such as housing, meals, transportation, and books. Please note that changes in any subsequent year’s FAFSA data may result in an adjustment either increasing or decreasing the program amount.
The American Indian Recognition Full Tuition Program is open to currently enrolled students as well as new first year and transfer undergraduate students. Starting in fall 2022, it is renewable for up to eight full-time fall and spring terms for traditional undergraduate students, or until degree requirements are completed for adult degree completion students. Students needing additional time beyond 8 semesters will be reviewed proactively by the enrollment management team and American Indian Student Services to consider any extension.
To be eligible, students must demonstrate a commitment, grounded in lived experience, to recognizing the importance and diversity of American Indians in higher education. A student does not need to be a Minnesota resident or establish residence on trust land to participate.