This award reduces non-resident tuition to Colorado resident base tuition plus $250 per semester for eligible Native American students. It cannot be combined with the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), Yellow Ribbon Award, GI Promise, HB 15-1294 GI Benefits, or other non-resident institutional scholarships.


  • Non-resident, degree-seeking students who are
  • Registered citizens of a federally recognized tribe that has a historical legacy of occupation in Colorado (see list below)
  • Registered citizens of any federally recognized tribe transferring from an accredited tribal college with at least 30 transferable credits

How do I apply?

Apply to Colorado State University

  • Submit a completed application for admission by the appropriate deadline
    • Freshmen: May 1 for fall and November 1 for spring
    • Transfer students:  June 1 for fall and November 1 for spring
    • Graduate students: April 1 for fall and September 1 for spring
  • Submit proof of tribal citizenship no later than 15 business days before the academic term for which you’re requesting the award.

Send official tribal citizenship documents to:

Native American Legacy Award
Office of Admissions
Colorado State University
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062
(970) 491-6909
FAX (970) 491-7799

Eligible Tribes/Nations for the Native American Legacy Award

Apache Tribe of Oklahoma
Big Pine Band of Owens Valley Paiute
Bridgeport Paiute Indian Colony of California
Burns Paiute Tribe of the Burns Paiute Indian Colony of Oregon
Caddo Nation of Oklahoma
Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, California
Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Cocopah Tribe of Arizona
Comanche Nation of Oklahoma
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
Crow Nation
Duckwater Shoshone Tribe of Nevada
Ely Shoshone Tribe of Nevada
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota
Fort Bidwell Indian Community of the Fort Bidwell
Reservation of California
Fort Independence Indian Community of Paiute Indians, California
Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribes of Nevada and Oregon
Fort Mojave Indian Reservation
Fort Sill Apache Tribe
Hualapai Indian Reservation
Jicarilla Apache Tribe
Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, Arizona
Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma
Las Vegas Paiute, Nevada
Lovelock Paiute Tribe, Nevada
Lower Sioux Indian Community of Minnesota
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
Mescalero Apache Tribe
Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, Nevada
Navajo Nation
Northern Arapaho Tribe
Northern Cheyenne Tribe
Oglala Sioux Tribe
Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo)
Osage Nation
Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah
Paiute Shoshone Indians of the Lone Pine Community and Reservation, California
Paiute-Shoshone Indians of Bishop Community Colony, California
Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Fallon Reservation and Colony, Nevada
Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma<
Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota
Pueblo de Cochiti
Pueblo of Acoma<
Pueblo of Isleta
Pueblo of Jemez
Pueblo of Laguna
Pueblo of Nambe
Pueblo of Picuris
Pueblo of Pojoaque
Pueblo of San Felipe
Pueblo of San Ildefonso
Pueblo of Sandia
Pueblo of Santa Ana
Pueblo of Santa Clara
Pueblo of Santo Domingo
Pueblo of Taos
Pueblo of Tesuque
Pueblo of Zia
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Nevada
Rosebud Sioux Tribe
San Carlos Apache Tribe, Arizona
San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe of Arizona
Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux
Shoshone Tribe (Eastern Band)
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley Reservation, Nevada
Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota
Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Spirit Lake Tribe of North Dakota
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Summit Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada
Three Affiliated Tribes
Tonto Apache Tribe, Arizona
Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, California
Uintah Ute
Upper Sioux Community, Minnesota
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
Ute Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation
Walker River Paiute Tribe, Nevada
White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona
Wichita & Affiliated Tribes, Oklahoma
Winnemucca Indian Colony of Nevada
Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota
Yerrington Paiute Tribe
Yomba Shoshone Tribe, Nevada
Ysleta del Sur Pueblo
Zuni Pueblo