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MSU Denver's Indigenous Grant

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First announced in May 2022, the Indigenous & Native Peoples’ Grant is designed to provide funds for tuition and published mandatory fees for undergraduate students who are Colorado residents and enrolled in one of 574 federally recognized Native nations.

In the MSU Denver land acknowledgement, we identify this land as being the original home of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Nations, land that was frequently also inhabited by the Lakota, Ute, Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Shoshone and others. Just as we honor the Displaced Aurarians who were forcibly removed from their homes so that our campus could be built, we also honor the Indigenous and Native Peoples who first called this land home by fully funding their tuition and fees to undergraduate programs at MSU Denver.

The Indigenous and Native Peoples’ Grant will cover the student’s share of in-state tuition and published mandatory fees for regular classes up to 15 credit hours per semester for students seeking their first bachelor’s degree. 

Students are required to file either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA). Tuition and published mandatory fees, including program fees, will be covered through a combination of federal, state and institutional grants.

The Indigenous and Native Peoples’ Grant is available for the first 129 credits earned at MSU Denver toward first bachelor’s degree, or certificate programs.  

Important note: Structured as a last-dollar award, the Indigenous Grant will supplement the gap between any federal or state grants received and the full cost of tuition, published mandatory fees and program fees.

Grant Awarding and Eligibility

Beginning Fall Term 2022, MSU Denver students may qualify for this grant by:

  • Being a Colorado resident, including out-of-state students recently awarded residency status under the “Colorado American Indian Tribes In-state Tuition” legislation.
  • Submitting the “Indigenous Grant Certification Form” and providing documentation of enrollment in a Federally-Recognized Native Nation.
  • Authorizing College Opportunity Fund (COF) each term.
  • Being enrolled in an eligible undergraduate degree (must be seeking 1st bachelor’s degree) or certificate program at MSU Denver.
  • Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements for financial aid.
  • Students who are in default on their Federal Student Loans must clear the default or be approved for the “Fresh Start” program to receive funding through the Indigenous and Native Peoples’ Grant.

Students must complete all requirements to be a Colorado Resident for tuition purposes and be eligible for financial aid disbursement by the Census Date of each term to ensure coverage by the Indigenous and Native Peoples’ Grant. Students who meet eligibility later in the Term will be eligible for funding at the start of the next Term.

Students must file a FAFSA or CASFA each year and must meet the eligibility criteria each year to continue to receive funding.

Students who run out of COF eligibility should complete a COF Waiver with the Bursar’s Office. If denied or ineligible for a waiver, students should contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and an exception will be made to cover the COF portion of tuition.

Important Grant Details

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How the grant is applied

Structured as a last-dollar award, the Indigenous Grant will supplement the gap between any federal or state grants received and the full cost of tuition, published mandatory fees and program fees.

Institutional and Outside Scholarships will be excluded from the calculation with the exception of scholarships that cover the student’s full cost of tuition and published mandatory fees.

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What fees are covered?

Published mandatory fees:
• Auraria Bond Fee
• Intercollegiate Athletic Fee
• Campus Recreation Fee
• Tivoli Park Facility Fee
• Clean Energy Fee
• Health & Wellness Fee
• Phoenix Center Fee
• Metro Bond Fee
• Student Affairs Fee
• Technology Fee
• Program and Course Fees

Fees that ARE NOT included: Health Insurance Fee, Lynx Crossing, parking passes, fines and any other fees not listed in the covered fees above.

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How will students know they are receiving the Indigenous Grant?

Students will receive a letter and/or email notifying them of their approval.

Indigenous Grant includes a combination of any of the following funding:

• Federal Pell Grant
• Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
• Colorado State Grant
• MSU Denver Supplemental Grant

This also means that although a student is receiving an Indigenous Grant, they will not have an “Indigenous Grant” listed as part of their financial aid offer.

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Additional FAQ's

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Can a student receive Indigenous Grant for Summer?
Yes. Students can receive the Indigenous Grant for summer.

Does Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) affect eligibility?
Yes. Students who do not meet SAP standards are not eligible for Indigenous Grant, unless they successfully appeal.

Will students be given any support services to keep them on track to graduate?
Student success is extremely important and we encourage you to take advantage of existing support services.

What if a student needs more time to finish their degree?
Indigenous Grant is available for the first 129 credits earned at MSU Denver toward first bachelor’s degree. We encourage you to use this funding wisely and work with your academic advisor to make a plan to finish your degree in a timely fashion.

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Contact Us About The Indigenous Grant

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Whether you're not finding the necessary info on this web page or would rather get in touch with a human, feel free to email us.

Physical Location & Address:
Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB), Suite 130
890 Auraria Pkwy
Denver, CO 80204

For specific Indigenous Grant questions, reach out to:

Kerline Eglaus: [email protected]

Deserea Richards: [email protected]

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Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm
Friday: Call Center opens at 9am!

Mailing Address:
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Campus Box 2, PO Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217