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Department of Higher Education

The Department of Higher Education, a program of the Department of Education and Training, administers grants and scholarship programs to enrolled citizens of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Our purpose is to provide supplemental financial assistance to Creek students pursuing a college-level education.

The Higher Education Department encourages a positive student experience and graduation by providing supplemental financial assistance to student-citizens of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in pursuing an undergraduate or post-graduate degree.

If your school information changes while you are on our grants programs, or if you are a returning student, you are REQUIRED to complete an updated Student Information Update Form.

Student Information Update Form

Deadlines for Submittal

Undergraduate Grants
Fall Application: March 1 – June 1
Spring Application: Nov. 1 – Dec. 15

Post Graduate Grants
Fall Application: March 1 – Aug. 1
Spring Application: Nov. 1 – Dec. 15

Online submittal only of applications. We do not accept emailed or faxed copies of applications.
Supporting documents however can be faxed or emailed to moc.noitaneegocsum@derehgih

Undergraduate Grants Available

The Higher Education Administers three (3) grant programs for students pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university. Only NEW APPLICANTS are required to complete an application. If you are currently receiving funding from the Higher Education program you are not required to complete an application each semester. Continuing students need to submit their official transcript from the semester in which they were funded and a class schedule for the upcoming semester to stay eligible for the program.

Please ensure you review our information and requirements for each grant. Both sources (Tribal Grant and BIA Scholarship) are included in this application.

Tribal Grant, Tribal Incentive, BIA Grant Information
Undergraduate Student Handbook
Undergraduate Student Application

  1. Please ensure you have a bank/checking account.
  2. Tribal Grants and Tribal Incentive Grants will be distributed as direct deposit.
  3. When submitting your information, please ensure your banking information is clear.
  4. Please note that applications will be reviewed for eligibility after the deadline.
  5. Information and documents will take 6 to 8 weeks post-deadline for notification.
  6. Students are urged to continue researching and applying for multiple sources of financial aid as our awards are supplemental awards.

For more information, please contact Higher Education at 918-732-7661.

Post Graduate Grants Available

Master’s Program

The post-graduate program was established to provide financial aid opportunities for members of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to further their education beyond a bachelor’s degree for a first-time Masters’ Degree. The award amount is determined by the number of hours in which the student is enrolled up to a maximum of 9 hours. The award rate = $250 per credit hour.

Please ensure you review our information and requirements for this grant.

For more information, please contact Higher Education at 918-732-7661.
Master’s Program – Information
Master’s Program Student Handbook
Master’s Program Application

Doctoral Degree Program

Please ensure you review our information and requirements for this grant.

For more information, please contact Higher Education at 918-732-7661.
Doctoral Program – Information
Doctoral Program Student Handbook
Doctoral Program Application

Emergency Scholarship Fund

Purpose: The Emergency Scholarship Fund is established to provide assistance to Muscogee Higher Education students to pay for the debt that is preventing their effort to complete their education.

Please review the application for scholarship information and required documentation.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Student must be an enrolled citizen of The Muscogee Nation and possess a Citizenship card
  2. Student must be or have been on the Higher Education program
  3. Student must be responsible for providing a DETAILED letter explaining the reason for financial hardship (financial aid exhaustion, student status change, etc.);
  4. Student must be enrolled in an accredited institution of Higher Education that offers degree programs

 Required Documents

  1. Copy of The Muscogee Nation Tribal Citizenship Card
  2. Copy of the bill stating the amount owed and to whom it is owed; and
  3. Additional eligibility criteria shall be determined and requested by the reviewing committee (Example:  Financial Aid, invoices, etc.)

For more information, please contact Higher Education at 918-732-7661.
Emergency Scholarship Application