The Gila River Indian Community Rise Up program features a 20% tuition scholarship to Arizona State University online degree programs. All members have access to this scholarship and can use it with or without the GRIC Higher Education Program.

All Gila River Indian Community members are eligible for the Rise Up scholarship.

Members should apply for the Gila River Higher Education program for additional tuition assistance through the Tribal Education Department. Members who have been previously disqualified from participating in the Gila River Higher Education program are still eligible for the 20% Scholarship for ASU online. Reach out to the Tribal Education team for more information or speak to an ASU enrollment coach.

It is also recommended that members apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and may qualify for
additional federal aid and grants through the FAFSA website at

Additional information can be found at If you have additional questions regarding the ASU scholarship, call an enrollment coach at 1-844-436-1129, or call Higher Education Program at (520) 562-3316.

The Rise Up scholarship applies to all ASU online undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. All programs are 100% online and ofer multiple start dates.

Student Services FAQ

In most cases, if a school receives Title IV funding (Pell Grant) then more than likely the scholarship program will provide funding for the school except for the University of Phoenix. The school must be accredited by one of the approved accrediting agencies listed in the GRIC Higher Education Policy.

The actual amounts vary and are determined by your school. The school fills out the the Financial Needs Analysis (FNA) Form with the amounts for the cost of attendance. As a full-time on-campus student, you will receive funding for Tuition, Books, Room/Board, and Transportation. As a part-time on-campus student you will receive funding for Tuition, Books and Transportation. Transportation will vary depending if you are taking on-line classes.

No, you can start turning in your application and required documents to Student Services as soon as you have them. However, Student Services will not consider your application as being complete until all documents are received by the deadline date. Our deadline dates are April 15th for the summer, June 15th for the fall semester and November 15th for the spring semester.

It is best to meet with a Student Advisor to review your file before making this decision. Remember that you have to complete your undergraduate studies within 10 semesters. Also, credits from vocational schools usually do not transfer to a Community College or University.

The scholarship funds are only a supplement and will assist with some of the costs of living and may not cover all of your expenses. Scholarship funds go directly to the school; the amounts for your housing and transportation are determined by your school and Financial Aid information. You will have to make arrangements to pay for your housing as well as transportation if the scholarship does not cover all of your expenses.

Contact Student Services at least two months before the deadline dates to have a Student Advisor review your file to see what documents are already in your file and to see what other documents must be submitted.

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