Qualified Native American students can attend Fort Lewis College tuition free. However, they are still responsible for paying their student fees, room and board expenses, purchasing books, and any other educational expenses they may have.
For purposes of the tuition waiver, Native American is defined as follows:
"The term Native American shall include all persons of Native American descent who are members of any recognized Native American tribe now under federal jurisdiction, and all persons who are descendants of such members who were, on June 1, 1934, residing within the present boundaries of any Native American reservation, and shall further include all persons of one-half or more Native American blood. Eskimos and other aboriginal people of Alaska shall be considered Native Americans."
Native American students are encouraged to contact their Tribal Agency to find out how to apply for additional financial assistance. Most tribal agencies require that a student complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application and submit a Financial Need Analysis (FNA) from. The Financial Aid Office can complete the FNA once the student’s FAFSA is processed. The FAFSA takes time to process, so please fill it out well in advance of your FNA request. However, if the agency permits, we can provide budget forecasts to tribal agencies for students who do not have a complete financial aid file - on an exception basis.
The Fort Lewis College Native American Center is also a great resource for Native students. Click here to view other scholarship opportunities on their webpage.