Our Higher Education Program assists only enrolled members of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska who are:

  • Students attending community colleges or other vocational training institutes
  • Undergraduate students attending four-year colleges and universities
  • Graduate/post-graduate students who maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA

Funding for two- and four-year programs is need-based, and eligibility is determined by the Financial Need Form (FNF) that all schools are required to complete, not to exceed our maximum allowable for tuition, book, and fee costs, which is $4,800 per year with a maximum of 10 semesters for a four-year program and five semesters for a two-year program. A maximum of 12 credit hours per semester will be funded, and students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in every funded class.

There also is a $1,000 maximum for students seeking a certification/licensure separate from a degree program. The funding amount is determined by actual course tuition, books and fees and does not include tools or other supplies.

Funding for graduate/post-graduate programs is limited to two years (four semesters).

Ponca tribal members attending college or receiving training in the United States are eligible for funding consideration.


1. Download Application Packet

Application Packet

2. Complete your FAFSA

Visit Official FAFSA Website

For free help, make an appointment at the EducationQuest location nearest you: Omaha (888-357-6300), Lincoln (800-303-3745), Kearney (800-666-3721), or Scottsbluff (800-303-3745, ext. 6654). Identify yourself as a Reaching Your Potential recipient.

You’ll also find free FAFSA Tools at EducationQuest.org

College Access Resources

Paying for College Video Series

These four brief videos will give families an overview of the types of colleges, financial aid, the FAFSA process, and how colleges award financial aid. The “How Colleges Award Financial Aid” video may be especially relevant for high school seniors at this time.


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