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Frequently Asked Questions

1 Q. Can a high school student taking college courses receive funding?

A. Concurrent students do not fall under the Higher Education Department. Concurrent High School Student are funded by the Employment and Training Department.

 

2 Q.  I am in high school, how early can I apply?

A.  The second semester of your High School senior year

 

3 Q. How do I get an application?
A.  Applications are available online during the enrollment dates at www.mcn-nsn.gov

Click “Education” tab then “Higher Education”

Click on the grant that you would like to apply for.

 

4 Q.  When are applications due?
A. The UNDERGRADUATE grant applications are due by the following dates:

 

If you are attending FALL SEMESTER – Applications are available March 1st to June 1st
SPRING SEMESTER – Applications are available Nov. 1st to Dec. 15th

 

A.1 POST GRADUATE (Masters and Doctoral Students) grant applications are due by the following dates:
Fall Semester Due By September 9th
Spring Semester Due By December 15th
Summer Semester Due By June 1st

 

5 Q. What are the months for the Award Schedule?
A. The Award schedule is as followed:

Fall

August – December

Spring

January – May

Summer

June & July

 

6 Q.  Do I need to apply each semester?
A. You only need to complete our application one time. However, you are required to send in your official
transcript and the following semester class schedule to maintain good standing with our grant programs.

 

7 Q.  Do I need an official transcript?

A.Yes. ONLY Official Transcripts will be accepted. Students may submit their Official Transcripts through mail, delivery, or their institution’s e-script process. Hard copy of the Official Transcript must be sealed and signed by your registrar’s office.
A.1 If you are submitting your Official Transcript through your institution’s e-script service, you must send it to your grant coordinator and/or the Department of Higher Education’s email (highered@mcn-nsn.gov).

 

8 Q.  How will I know if I have been approved to receive the grant/scholarship?
A.  If approved, the Higher Education office will notify you with an award letter after the student or school receives the award.

 

9 Q.  How long does it take to receive my grant award?
A.  Awards are dispersed in the order our department receives your information (official transcript and
next semester class schedule) and students can expect to receive awards during mid-semester.

 

10 Q. What are Academic Probation and Grant Suspension statuses?
A. Academic Probation occurs when: a student earns less than a 2.5 GPA, but at least 1.5 GPA, during the semester; or, student drops three credit hours during the semester in which they were funded.
A.1 Grant Suspension will occur when: student drops below a 1.5 GPA during the semester; student that drops more than three hours during the semester in which student received funding; and, student who withdraws (officially or unofficially) without valid reason (medical, personal, etc.).

 

11 Q. In case a student is on Academic Probation or Grant Suspension, what are the procedures for reinstatement?
A. Reinstatement will occur after students completes the following semester without tribal grant funding and meets required hours and required GPA.  The required hours will be determined based on students’ previous award amount.  Students awarded for full time hours (12 hrs or more) will be required to complete full time hours during the suspended term; while students that were awarded for part time hours (11 hrs or less) will be required to complete part time hours during suspended term.

 

12 Q. Is there a credit hour limit on Higher Education Programs?

A. Yes, eligible students can receive supplemental funding assistance up to 150 attempted credit hours or 10 semesters @ 4-year institution (75 credit hours at the associate’s level, 2-year institution), whichever comes first. Additionally, if a student is attending a college/university prior to enrolling onto our programs, the student’s attempted credited hours accumulated prior to program enrollment are counted towards the 150 attempted credit hours/10 semesters threshold.

 

13 Q.Does Higher Education fund students for additional associate’s, bachelor’s, etc.?

  A. No. The Department of Higher Education only funds ONE degree- one associates, one bachelor’s, etc.

14. Q. How can I receive summer funding?

A. Summer funding depends on the funding the higher education department has left; students must be graduating the summer semester or fall semester. Students must need summer classes in order to graduate

 

15 Q.  How can I contact you?
A.  You can call our main office number: 918-732-7661
You can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MCNHigherEd or follow us on Twitter @MCNHigherEd.

You can email the following coordinators according to your last name:

Last Name Employee Name Email
A-C Heather Brown HBrown@mcn-nsn.gov
D-H Shelby Powell SPowell@mcn-nsn.gov
I-M Jessica Lowe JLowe@mcn-nsn.gov
P-S Brian Moore BMoore@mcn-nsn.gov
N,O, T-Z Taryn Morgan TaMorgan@mcn-nsn.gov

If you are on the Post Graduate or Doctorate Program please contact:

Grants Name Email
Post Graduate Christine Durden cdurden@mcn-nsn.gov

Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Higher Education
P.O. Box 580
Okmulgee, OK 74447

(918) 732-7661
(800) 482-1979 ext. 7661
Fax: (918) 732-7694
highered@mcn-nsn.gov

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