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Bureau of Indian Affairs

How to find out if you are eligible for financial aid help through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


To be eligible for educational benefits through the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), you must:

  • Be at least ¼ American Indian
  • Be registered with a tribe that has a treaty with the U.S. Government and an assigned census number
  • Meet all other criteria as required by your individual tribe


Students who are eligible to receive BIA benefits while attending BYU-Idaho need to complete the following steps:

  1. Submit a  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current academic year.
  2. Contact your tribal agency office and request, complete, and submit the following: 
    1. An application for education benefits
    2. A privacy release form
    3. Any other required documentation as required by your individual tribe
  3. Submit the completed privacy release form to the BYU-Idaho financial aid office, allowing us to disclose your financial aid information to your tribe.
  4. At the end of the semester, submit a copy of your final grades to your tribal office.

Important Information

Policies regarding BIA benefits are not managed or controlled by BYU-Idaho. For more information regarding BIA educational benefits, please contact your tribal agency.