United Tribes Technical College Will Continue Tuition Waver Program
Posted by KSJB News on 4/20/2017 9:06:00 AM.


BISMARCK (UTN) – United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) has renewed its Native American Tuition Waiver program for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The program was launched last year on a trial basis for students who are enrolled members of federally-recognized tribes.

In a press release, UTTC President Leander McDonald says that the school 's goal is to help make higher education attainable for people with some of the lowest annual income averages in the entire nation.

McDonald says the move was aimed at helping students avoid relying exclusively on student loans. UTTC ended its participation in the federal student loan program in 2016. Experience shows that student loans are a burden on families that are without savings accounts or access to credit, according to McDonald.

DeLana Wendland, UTTC Vice President of Student Services, says there was a 22% rise in enrollment, and increases in GPA, class completion and student retention.

The waivers’ impact on college finances has been offset by greater income brought about by having more students on campus, according to the statement.

The next application deadline is Thursday, June 29. It's for Fall Semester 2017. Students are urged to move forward on the enrollment application process as soon as possible.

New students and those students who wish to return to school are required to complete an admissions application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Returning students must meet the same requirements and also be pre-registered for classes.

The UTTC Native American Tuition Waiver is based on unmet financial need. It applies only to tuition and not to other college costs such as fees, books, housing, and meals.

          The college has placed a helpful checklist of application requirements and a step-by-step application form under the ‘GET STARTED’ tab of the UTTC website, www.uttc.edu.

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