The Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance opens its online application twice a year. The online application for the 2023-2024 Academic Year opens on March 15 and closes on June 26, 2023. The application deadline for the 2023-2024 Academic Year is June 26, 2023 at 5 pm MST. The application deadline for the 2024 Winter/Spring term is Nov. 27, 2023, at 5 pm MST. (Usual deadlines are June 25 and Nov. 25 unless those dates fall on a weekend or holiday.)
Click here for a printable Full-Time Applicant Checklist or a Part-Time Applicant Checklist.
1. Go to www.onnsfa.org
2. Click on “Apply Online.”
3. Choose Full-Time or Part-Time Application.
NOTE: Ensure entries are accurate and submit the application ONCE to avoid filing multiple applications. Submitting inaccurate information or multiple online applications will delay processing time.
1. Application —Applicants must submit a completed for the upcoming term. Access the online application here: www.onnsfa.org.
2. Certificate of Indian Blood —New applicants must submit an official Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) to their agency office by mail or by hand delivery. Continuing applicants are not required to submit another official CIB if there is already one on file unless there is a legal name change. Access a form requesting the Office of Vital Records to forward your official CIB to the ONNSFA here.
3. Official Transcripts — Sealed and unopened official high school transcripts, GED scores, and official transcripts of all colleges attended must be mailed or hand-delivered to an agency office. The ONNSFA accepts official electronic transcripts (e-transcripts) that are digitally certified and delivered by a school's authorized delivery agent, such as Parchment or the National Student Clearinghouse. Transcripts emailed to ONNSFA by any other means are considered "unofficial" and will not be used to determine a student's eligibility for financial assistance or scholarships.
4. Financial Need Analysis— Students planning to enroll full-time should submit a signed Financial Need Analysis form to their school's financial aid office. A Financial Aid Officer at your school will complete the document based upon information provided on the FAFSA and return it to the ONNSFA.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) — All students must complete the FAFSA. Information on the FAFSA is shared with the colleges and/or career schools a student lists on the application.
NOTE: Some schools require students to sign additional documentation before processing an FNA. Check with your school to ensure that your FNA is processed without delay.
5. Letter of Admission — A Letter of Admission or Re-Admission from the institution the applicant will attend is required. The institution must be accredited by one of six regional accrediting associations recognized by the ONNSFA. (A list may be found on page 5 of ONNSFA's Policies and Procedures).
Graduate applicants must submit two letters indicating full admission status, including one from the graduate college and another from the graduate degree program. A document verifying a student's enrollment is required from students who have already submitted a Letter of Admission but have not been funded for at least one term.
6. Graduation Degree Checklist — All college juniors, seniors, and graduate applicants must submit a list of all courses required to complete the degree being pursued. The checklist must include the "expected" graduation date and have an advisor's signature.
7. Class Schedule — Part-Time Applicants must submit a current class schedule. Submission of a current Class Schedule/Registration is recommended for Full-Time Applicants.
Applicants may upload the following documents in .pdf format to their student account in the Student Portal: Letter of Admission, Graduation Degree Checklist, and Class Schedule. All other documents must be mailed or hand-carried to an agency office.
To Create a Student Account:
1. Access the Student Portal at www.onnsfa.org
2. Click on "Create an Account"
3. Set up an account with a desired user name and password.
First-time applicants: Wait one to two business days after submitting your application to create a student account to allow time for processing.
To Check Your Application Status:
1. Access the Student Portal at www.onnsfa.org
2. Click on "Check My Document Status."
3. Enter your user name and password.
Access your student account for a list of received/outstanding documents and retrieve award or denial notices when ONNSFA counselors render a decision on your application. Documents submitted to ONNSFA will be posted to student accounts within two to three business days.
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