Upper Sioux Higher Education Program
The Goal of the Upper Sioux Higher Education Program is to advocate and administer higher education resources for Upper Sioux Community members. With the growing population of the community and the need to become economically diverse, the Upper Sioux Community requires diverse skills. Equally vital to the community is the need to support Dakota language learners, Dakota historians, and to foster culturally competent citizens. While the Upper Sioux Community supports members pursuing higher education and skills away from the community, we need members to return and serve the community.
To qualify for any and all Higher Education assistance you must:
The Upper Sioux Community Higher Education Program provides the following (based on criteria and eligibility):
- Advocacy and technical assistance (finding a program, filling out FAFSA, applications, seeking other scholarships, fellowships, internships, resume’ development, etc.);
- Financial Assistance
- Rental, room/board assistance, when grant funds are available (USC IHA must follow the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rules and regulations for expenditure of HUD funds. This means that each applicant must meet the income guidelines as published by HUD).
- Laptop incentive, when grant funds are available.
- Graduation incentives.
- One-time $500.00 scholarship for graduating high school students (to be mailed to the institution/college), provided student attends fall semester of graduating year.
- Maximum Lifetime Program. Participation is:
- Applications must be completed and submitted to USC Higher Education Director prior to school beginning
- All financial assistance is based upon the number of registered credits - All award notices and checks will be mailed directly to the college or university.
- Students must go through the Financial Aid Office at their college/university.
Note: If you are taking all online classes through the accredited college or university you must reside within the 15-mile radius to receive funding. Members residing outside the 15-mile radius must physically attend ½ time to be eligible for funding for online classes.
Minimum Academic Progress
All students must meet the following minimum standards:
- Maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0.
- Maintain the number of registered credits.
- Be working towards a specified degree or certificate program (you must declare a major within two (2) years of initial funding)
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