What You Need to Apply


The  Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance opens its online application twice a year. The online application opens March 15 for the upcoming academic year and closes on June 25. It opens again on September 25 for the following Winter/Spring term and closes on November 25.

Click here for a printable Full-Time Applicant Checklist or a Part-Time Applicant Checklist.

To Apply:

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.

Required Documents:

1. Application A completed application must be submitted for the upcoming term. The online application may be found here: www.onnsfa.org.

2. Certificate of Indian Blood  New applicants must submit an official Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) to an 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. A form to request that the Office of Vital Records forward your official CIB to the ONNSFA may be found 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.

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 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 are required to 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 so that processing of the FNA is not delayed.

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 of 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 an “expected” graduation date and have an advisor’s signature.

7. Class Schedule —  Part-Time Applicants are required to 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 an 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.