Student Success Leads UTTC Board to Make Native American Tuition Waiver Permanent


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Students Will Continue to Receive Native American Tuition Waiver

BISMARCK (UTN) – United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) Board of Directors votes to institutionalize the United Tribes Native American Tuition Waiver.

UTTC will continue to offer the waiver to students who qualify. The waiver covers the cost of tuition through the entire academic year. Students who qualify must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe, completed UTTC’s Admissions application by the deadline, be a full-time degree-seeking student at UTTC, and must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.

The UTTC’s board made the waiver permanent after seeing an increase in both students’ Grade Point Averages (GPA) and class completion.

Scott Skaro, UTTC financial Aid director, says the benefit of the tuition waiver goes beyond dollars and cents.

“I envisioned this to be an incentive, not only to get things in early and to have a good start, but also as an incentive to get good grades, good completion, and finish their degree,” Skaro says.

Since the program began, Skaro says he has seen real results.

Since the fall of 2016, the GPA’s of students receiving the waiver have increased by nearly half a grade level from 2.116 to 2.57 and class completion rose from 68 percent to 78 percent.

UTTC President Leander “Russ” McDonald says offering the waiver alleviates some financial pressure from students allowing them to focus on the ultimate goal, crossing the finish line and receiving their degree.

“We applaud the UTTC Board of Directors for the unanimous support to institutionalize a critical financial aid resource to assist primarily low income and first generation students to complete their education debt free.  The tuition waiver was initiated to replace student loans when UTTC discontinued the student loan program in Spring 2016,” McDonald says.     

The deadline to apply for the tuition waiver for the fall is June 29, 2018.