The Tribal College Dual Enrollment Program provides thousands of Arizona’s Native American high school students the opportunity to take college courses for both high school and college credit.
A student’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII) must be protected. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.
With the help of lottery funds, tribal colleges can be reimbursed for credit hours taken by high school students.
At this time, accredited tribal colleges in Arizona eligible for dual enrollment funds include:
Diné College, in Tsaile, AZ
Navajo Technical University satellite campuses in Chinle, AZ and Teec Nos Pos, AZ
Tohono O’Odham Community College, in Sells, AZ
San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation’s recently established community college is currently seeking accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. It could be eligible once accreditation is received.
ARS 15-244.01 establishes the Tribal College Dual Enrollment Program Fund which receives 15% of unclaimed lottery prize money with a cap at $325, 000 (increase from $250,000 in previous years). The money is subject to legislative appropriation, meaning that the final budget decides how much of that money can actually be used for Tribal College Dual Enrollment. The fund is administered by the state treasurer. The fund is also subject to lapsing, so all the funding that goes unused in one Fiscal Year, or isn’t approved to be used in the budget, will revert back to the general fund.