Idaho American Indian Student Fee Approved for Reduced Tuition Costs at ISU
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
Idaho Falls- The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are pleased to announce that on June 21, 2018 in Idaho Falls, the Idaho State Board of Education (ISBE) approved a pilot project for Idaho State University (ISU) that would provide a new fee in lieu of tuition for all enrolled members of Idaho’s five tribes who are eligible to attend ISU. Reduction of college tuition at ISU for Shoshone-Bannock Tribal students has been a long-time goal of the Tribes because ISU is located within lands ceded by the Tribes in 1888 for the Pocatello town site.
Vice-Chairman Ladd Edmo and two tribal member college students, Ms. Sidney Fellows and Mr. Galen Edmo, all testified in support of reducing costs for attending college in Idaho and making college more affordable to tribal members. Vice Chairman Edmo stated, “We have almost 6,000 Tribal members and we have the largest number of enrolled tribal members who attend Idaho colleges and universities. If approved, this proposal would work to correct the education disparities within the State of Idaho and specifically for the Tribal members of my Tribe.”
Galen further added, “I realize a lot of work has gone into this proposal, and I hope that it all works out for the best. Education is a powerful thing. I am proud that our people are fighting to give the Indian community better access to our education system. “
Members of Idaho’s five federally recognized American Indian Tribes would pay a $60 per credit fee, in lieu of current tuition, for technical, academic undergraduate and graduate programs, effective this fall 2018 academic year. All special course fees and institutional local fees such as technology, activity fee, facilities, online, and professional fees remain the responsibility of the student.
Enrolled tribal members of federally recognized tribes have a unique political status that is distinctive from underrepresented populations. Education is considered the equalizer to economic sufficiency and society mobility; therefore, it is of utmost importance for the Tribes to have trained professionals who are vested in their civic responsibilities, and will contribute to the tribal, local, regional, and state communities.
Vice Chairman Edmo emphasized “We recognize the importance of higher education, because it would help prepare our tribal members to enter the workforce to support themselves, their families, and contribute to our Tribal community and economy, as well as to Idaho’s economy.”
Student eligibility criteria are: student must be an enrolled member of one of Idaho’s five federally recognized American Indian tribes that maintains a reservation in Idaho: Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Kootenai Tribe, Nez Perce Tribe, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, and Shoshone-Paiute Tribes. The student must provide verification of tribal enrollment, such as a Tribal Enrollment Card, from the appropriate tribe to receive the reduced fee. The student must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for each academic year the proposed fee is requested. The student must maintain satisfactory academic progress according to institutional requirements and the student must be degree-seeking.
Idaho State University is working with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to finalize the details of the fee, including the application process, outreach to the Tribal membership including upcoming deadlines, and other information will be provided as it becomes available. An official Facebook page will be created to inform the membership of this new opportunity.
Ms. Randy’L Teton
Public Affairs Managerrteton@sbtribes.com
T: (208) 478-3818