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Higher Education Grants

Information on higher education grants available to OLC students.

How to Apply for the Higher Education Grant Program

Students must complete a Higher Education Grant application with their tribal education office. Students apply at the tribe they are enrolled in if the program is available.

A Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Pell Grant Application, must be completed and on file, before a needs analysis can be filled out by the financial aid office and submitted to the Higher Education office.

Deadlines are very important!

Click To Submit Your Needs Analysis

Disbursement of Higher Ed

Tribal Higher Education grants are paid out the first Friday of each month with the exception of the first month of each semester, which is paid out the third Friday due to the add/drop time frame. Tuition, books, and fees will be deducted from the award of students who are not eligible for PELL; the balance of their award will be paid out monthly.

OST Higher Education Grant Program
Director: Debbie Blue Bird
P.O. Box 562
Pine Ridge, SD 57770
Phone: 1-800-832-3651 or (605) 867-5338
Fax: (605) 867-1390
OST Higher Ed. Application
OST Higher Ed. Summer Session Application
Deadlines: Fall - June 15th Spring - November 15th Summer - April 1st 
CRST Education Services Office
Director: Dee Lawrence
P.O. Box 590
Eagle Butte, SD 57625
Phone: (605) 964-7880/7882
Fax: (605) 964-7881
CRST Needs Analysis
Deadlines: Fall - June 15th Spring - November 15th
RST Higher Education Grant Program
Director: Della Spotted Tail
P.O. Box 130
Rosebud, SD 57570
Phone: (605) 747-2375
Fax: (605) 747-5274
RST Higher Ed Application
Deadlines: Fall - July 15th Spring - December 1st
SRST Office of Higher Education 
Director: Christi Iron Eyes
P.O. Box D
Fort Yates, ND 58538
Phone: (701) 854-8545 ext. 255/258
SRST Higher Ed Application
See the application for deadlines.
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Higher Education Grant Program
Old Agency Box 689
Sisseton, SD 57262
Phone: (605) 698-7676
Fax: (605) 698-3132
Contact the Higher Ed Office for an application.
Deadlines: Fall - June 15th Spring - December 15th
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe BIA Higher Education Grant Program
Crow Creek Agency
Fort Thompson, SD 57339
Phone: (605) 473-5573
Contact the Higher Ed Office for an application
LBST Post Secondary Education
P.O. Box 245
Lower Brule, SD 57548
Phone: (605)473-5531
Fax: (605) 473-0217
LBST Higher Ed Application
Yankton Sioux Tribe Higher Education Grant Program
Director: Richard Sully
Phone: (605) 384-3382
Fax: (605) 384-3100
YST Higher Ed Application
September 1st - For the new academic year, starting with the Fall semester.
January 1st - For new students who didn’t attend college fall semester.
January 31st - (If granted an award for the fall semester) Fall semester grades & Spring semester class schedule due to being considered for second-semester award.