Scholarship Timeline

Learn More About Important Scholarship Dates

Timeline of a Full Circle Scholarship

February 1 – May 31

Priority Application Period. Using the Student Portal, students create a Profile (or edit an existing one) and then submit a completed scholarship application. May 31 is the priority deadline. Applications submitted after May 31 will be considered if all scholarship spots are not filled by students who submitted before May 31.

June 1 – June 30

Submitted scholarship applications are scored by three separate reviewers. The average of those three scores is used to rank scholarship applications

July 1 – July 25

Award decisions are emailed to students. If awarded within the Full Circle Scholarship Program, students must log into the Student Portal to accept their award and provide a copy of their award letter to the Financial Aid Office at their school.

July 25 – August 10

American Indian College Fund Staff begin matching the highest ranked scholarship application with available scholarship program spots.

August 10 – August 31

Awarded students who have accepted their scholarship award, must log into the Student Portal to sign the Scholarship Agreement, review the scholarship components, and provide proof of their fall semester enrollment.

September 1 – October 31

After awarded students have completed all the previous steps, their fall scholarship disbursement will be sent to their school’s Financial Aid Office.

Early January

Awarded students will be asked to share if they intend to be enrolled full-time in the spring semester.

Late January – Early February

Students who indicated that they will be enrolled in the spring semester must log into the Student Portal to provide proof of their spring semester enrollment. If a student fails to complete this step, is no longer enrolled, or no longer meets the scholarship requirements, they may be moved to a different scholarship opportunity or lose their scholarship.

February 1 – March 1

After awarded students have completed the previous step and are verified to still meet their scholarship requirements, their spring scholarship disbursement will be sent to their school’s Financial Aid Office

February 1 – May 31

The application for the next academic year opens and has a priority deadline of May 31.

Timeline of the Tribal College and/or University (TCU) Scholarship

Each of the 35 accredited, non-profit Tribal Colleges and/or Universities (TCU) receive funding from the American Indian College Fund for merit-based TCU Scholarships. Each of the 35 TCUs have their own application deadlines. Contact the financial aid office at your TCU to learn more about their application deadline. The TCU Scholarship uses the same application as the Full Circle Scholarship. We recommend you apply before May 31 each year to be considered for both the TCU Scholarship program and the Full Circle Scholarship program. The TCU Scholarships are awarded later in the year than Full Circle Scholarships.

February 1 – TCU Deadline

Using the Student Portal, students create a Profile (or edit an existing one) and then submit a completed scholarship application.

After the TCU Deadline

Staff at your Tribal College and/or University will select recipients to receive TCU Scholarships.

September 1 – October 31

American Indian College Fund staff review and approve the TCU Scholarship recipients. Students are notified by their school if they have been awarded a TCU Scholarship and their scholarship disbursement is applied to their student account via the Financial Aid Office at their school.

Early Spring

Tribal College and/or University (TCU) staff at each of the 35 TCUs indicate which students have enrolled for the spring semester. Students who are enrolled for the spring semester and still meet scholarship criteria will have their spring scholarship disbursement applied to their student account by the Financial Aid Office at their school.

February 1

The application for the next academic year opens.

Additional Scholarships

There are thousands of scholarship opportunities in addition to the Full Circle and Tribal College & University (TCU) scholarship programs we offer. We advise all students to apply to as many as they are eligible for. Discover more scholarship opportunities available outside of the American Indian College Fund.

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