Navajo Nation Scholarship

The Navajo Nation scholarship is one of the many scholarships that provide financial aid intended to assist students in covering the cost of an undergraduate degree. Get to know more about this scholarship by reading on.

Navajo Nation Scholarship

About Navajo Nation Scholarship

Members of the Navajo Nation who are enrolled have the opportunity to pursue their academic goals thanks to the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance (ONNSFA).

The ONNSFA, originally known as the Navajo Higher Education Office, was established in 1972 as a result of a P.L. 93-638 contract between the Navajo Nation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to administer the Higher Education Grant.

The ONNFA is housed inside the Department of Diné Education.

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The Funding Sources

The Navajo Nation, trust funds, businesses, and federal cash through the Higher Education Grant are some of the sources of financial aid and scholarships that are disbursed by the ONNSFA.

In 2018, the ONNSFA provided more than $24 million in financial aid and scholarships to over 6,000 students pursuing college degrees or certificates.

Eligibility: Required Documents

1. Application: Applicants must submit a complete application for the upcoming term. Access the online form by going to

2. Official Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB): All new applicants must hand deliver or send an official Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) to the agency office.

Continuing applicants are not required to submit a new official CIB if one is already on file unless there is a legal name change.

You might find a form here that you can use to request that the ONNSFA receive your official CIB from the Office of Vital Records.

3. Official Transcripts: All official college transcripts, GED results, and sealed unopened high school transcripts must be delivered in person or mailed to an agency office.

The ONNSFA accepts official electronic transcripts (e-transcripts) delivered by a school’s recognized delivery service, such as Parchment or the National Student Clearinghouse, and that have been digitally certified.

For the purposes of establishing a student’s eligibility for financial assistance or awards, any other submission of a transcript to ONNSFA is regarded as “unofficial” and will not be taken into account.

4. Financial Needs Analysis Students who wish to enroll full-time must complete and submit a Financial Need Analysis form to the institution’s financial assistance office.

A financial aid officer at your institution will complete the form and return it to the ONNSFA using the information from the FAFSA.

All students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A student’s listed colleges and/or career schools will receive information from the FAFSA.

NOTE: Prior to completing an FNA, some institutions request additional signatures from students. Make sure your FNA is handled quickly by checking with your institution.

5. Letter of Admission: A letter of admission or re-admission must be issued by the institution the applicant plans to attend.

The institution’s accreditation must be granted by one of the six regional accrediting bodies that the ONNSFA has recognized. Page 5 of the Policies & Procedures of ONNSFA has a list.

Graduate applicants are required to provide two letters, one from the graduate college and the other from the graduate degree program, both of which must indicate full admission status.

It is necessary to produce proof of enrollment for students who have already submitted a Letter of Admission but have not been financially supported for at least one term.

6. Students applying for graduation from college who are juniors, seniors, or graduates must submit a list of all the courses they need to take to earn the degree they want to pursue. The checklist must be signed by an advisor and include the “anticipated” graduation date.

7. Class Schedule: Part-time applicants must submit a copy of their most current class schedule. It is recommended that full-time applicants submit a current class schedule or sign up for classes.

Applicants may submit the admission letter, the checklist for earning a degree, and the class schedule to their student account in the student portal.

A pdf file format is required for all files. The agency office must receive all other papers in person or via mail.

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Scholarship Application Details

Twice a year, the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance opens its online application portal. For the school year 2024, the online application window is open from March 15 through June 27.

Applications for the 2024 academic year must be submitted by June 27, 2023, at 5:00 PM MST. Applications for the 2024 Winter/Spring term must be submitted by November 25, 2023, at 5:00 PM MST.

How to Apply

First, visit

1. Select “Apply Online.” 2.

3. Determine whether you want to apply full-time or part-time.

NOTE: To prevent filing duplicate applications, make sure the information is correct and submit the form ONLY ONCE. Processing times will be slowed down by incomplete or multiple online applications.

Application Deadlines

  • 2023-2024 Fall/Spring (Academic Year): June 27, 2024 (CLOSED)
  • 2024 Spring/Winter Terms: November 25, 2024

Online applications are available:

  • Fall/Spring Terms (Academic Year): March 15 to June 25 (CLOSED)
  • Winter/Spring Terms: September 25 to November 25

To Create a Student Account:

1. Access the student portal by visiting

Click “Create an Account” in step two.

3. Create an account with your preferred username and password.

New contenders: One to two business days after completing your application, set up a student account to give your application time to be processed.

To Check Your Application Status:

1. Visit to access the student portal.

2. Press the “Check My Document Status” button.

3. Type in your password and user name.

Log into your student account to obtain a list of received or outstanding documents and award or denial messages once ONNSFA counselors have made a decision regarding your application.

Documents sent to ONNSFA will be posted to student accounts in two to three business days.

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The argument that you lack the resources for your studies should no longer be used because you may now benefit from this and become a member of the Navajo Nation family.