Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cherokee Nation Offers College Housing Assistance

The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation is accepting College Housing Assistance Program applications for Native American students starting Jan. 2. Students can find applications for the 2015 spring semester at Deadline is Jan. 16.

The housing program will provide up to 125 students with $1,000 per semester for housing costs. Applicants must be full-time students at an accredited college or university and seeking a bachelor's degree for the first time.

"The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation is dedicated to helping all Cherokee citizens with housing needs, especially our citizens furthering their education and enhancing their lives," said HACN Executive Director Gary Cooper. "This program is designed to ease the financial burden that accompanies pursuing a college degree and allow the citizen to focus more on earning their education." 

The College Housing Assistance Program is funded through the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act designed to assist low-income Native American students. Eligible applicants must be a member of a federally recognized tribe and have a permanent address inside the Cherokee Nation jurisdictional boundaries. Students must also meet NAHASDA income guidelines with priority given to Cherokee Nation tribal citizens.

For more information, please call 918-456-5482.

By Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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