Preparing For College

What To Expect And How To Prepare.

Native Pathways Guidebook

This culturally-relevant guide was developed to empower Native students to prepare, plan and successfully take the first steps of their higher education journey – with their identity firmly in hand. Helping students navigate school choice, applications, finances, and their first year at school, it includes contributions from Native graduates, professionals and artists.

Schools and Native student groups can request hard copies of the guidebook HERE.

Native Pathways VIRTUAL Summer Camp

All Native rising high school juniors/seniors, and college & university students, are invited to register for the Native Pathways Summer Virtual Camp 2020! You’ll be engaged in 3 Days of interactive workshops and activities on college admissions and planning, major and career exploration, financial literacy, and more. Our 2020 event is complete. Check back next year for information about the 2021 event. 


High School Admissions Pathway

Helps high school students at any stage realize the importance and benefits of college. To make college more accessible and easier to navigate, coaches provide guidance and resources through on-site visits to high schools, social media interaction, one-on-one coaching, and workshops.

12th Grade Checklist

11th Grade Checklist

10th Grade Checklist

9th Grade Checklist

Preparing for College

College Admissions

Other than doing well in high school, it takes a lot just to apply to a college and get in. From SATs and FAFSAs, to college essays and campus visits, there is a lot you need to understand

Choosing A College

Once you’ve made the decision to go to college, you need to decide which one is right for you. Many factors can affect your decision, including location, price, size and programs offered.

Paying For College

Before you save money, apply for loans or get jobs – look to scholarships first. Learn about “merit” scholarships (based on your academic performance and grades), and specific fields of study or interests. 

What To Expect At College

You’ve worked hard in high school, applied to college and got into a school. But what does the journey look like now? Check out the following resources to help guide your first steps on campus, and in the classroom.

Native Pathways to College

We want you to be prepared for all of the challenges you’ll face this year, so we’ve scheduled a calendar of webinars and videos to assist you with everything from working with your professors to applying for scholarships.

More Student Resources

preparing for college

Preparing for College

Learn what to expect and how to prepare for college. Helping students navigate school choice, applications, finances, and their first year at school, with from Native graduates, professionals and artists.

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getting the job

Getting the Job

Set your academic and career goals and learn how to get the job you want. From resume and interviewing tips to internships and fellowships, we will help you through every step of the way.

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We provide scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking under- graduate and graduate degrees at tribal colleges, nonprofit, and accredited schools.

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Stay Connected

Stay Connected

Keep in touch with us to hear about our latest scholarships, internships, fellowships, grants and more student resources – as well as other opportunities for Native students.

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student development

Student Development

Resources to help students with study skills, money management, and our Student Ambassador Program - supporting scholarships and other College Fund initiatives.

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tribal colleges and universities

Tribal Colleges And Universities

The American Indian College Fund supports 35 tribal colleges and universities. TCU provide higher education centered on Native cultures, traditions, and experiences. Discover a campus near you.

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