Enrollment / Cowlitz Tuition Assistance Award Program
The Cowlitz Tribe views vocational certificates and college or university degrees as an investment in both the Tribal member and the future of our Tribal community. To encourage Cowlitz students in their pursuit of a vocational certificate or college or university degree the Cowlitz Tribe offers a Tuition Assistance Award Benefit and an Educational Costs GWE Benefit.
Tuition Assistance Award Benefit
Tuition and tuition related fees are awarded to enrolled Cowlitz tribal members attending an accredited vocational school, college, or university. Cowlitz Tribal funding will support one of each of the following certificates or degrees:
- Vocational Certificate
- Associate Degree
- Bachelor Degree
- Master Degree
- Doctorate Degree
Funding for the program is approved by the Tribal Council each academic year and is dependent on availability of Tribal funds.
Educational Costs GWE Benefit
Beginning in the 2021-22 academic year, this Educational Costs GWE Benefit will be available to all Tuition Assistance Award recipients in the first education term of the student’s academic year.
This annual benefit for educational costs may be used for, but is not limited to, books, computers, calculators, musical instruments, sports equipment, supplies for studies, tutors, clothing, room and board, and transportation to and from school.
If you are a high school graduate or have a GED and are enrolled in a certificate or degree program at an accredited vocational school, college, or university and are not receiving Cowlitz Tuition Assistance; you may be eligible for the Educational Costs GWE Benefit.
For more information, contact the Tuition Assistance Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Carol Burnison at 360-353-9588 or Carissa Cothren at 360-353-9497.
General Welfare Exclusion Act Benefit
On August 3, 2019, the Cowlitz Tribal Council approved the inclusion of the Cowlitz Tuition Assistance Award Program as a tribal benefit under the General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2014 (Act). This approval acknowledges the tuition and tuition related fees provided by the Cowlitz Tuition Assistance Award Program meet the requirements of the Act, are not taxable, and are not subject to IRS information reporting requirements. Select the link below for Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2014 IRS instructions.
IRS Instructions—Tuition and Other Educational Benefits Provided by Tribes, Form 1098-T
The Education Committee and hundreds of Cowlitz students who have received this award, thank the Cowlitz Tribal Council and General Council for their support.
Gregg Ford, Chair
Suzanne Donaldson, Vice-Chair
Ellen Harju, Secretary
Education Committee Members: Karissa Lowe, Becky Lowe, David Iyall, Dave Reichel, Dave Littleton, and Crystal Leigh.
Lead Tuition Assistance Coordinator: Carol Burnison
Tuition Specialist: Carissa Cothren
Education Committee Mission Statement and By-Laws - April 10, 2021
Cowlitz Tuition Assistance Award Program | Policies and Procedures - December 3rd, 2022
2023–24 Academic Year (May 1, 2023 through April 30, 2024) APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN - Jan 10th
- 2022-23 Cowlitz Tuition Assistance Award Application Packet (Limited Funds Available)
- 2022-23 Request for Payment Form (Complete with Tuition Request)
For Student Housing Assistance – Call 360-864-8720 or email at email@example.com
If you have questions, email us at TuitionAssistance@cowlitz.org or call Carol Burnison, Lead Tuition Assistance Coordinator, at 360-353-9588 or Carissa Cothren, Tuition Specialist at 360-353-9497
Students applying for a Cowlitz Tuition Assistance Award are urged to seek other outside sources of funding for their educational costs. Links to scholarship programs and other educational opportunities are provided below.
Looking for Scholarships?
For additional details follow the links to the websites
American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association
American Indian Endowed Scholarship (AIES)
American Indian Science and Engineering Society
Bosterbio Scholarships for Young Scientists Of Excellence
First Nations’ Native Agriculture & Food Systems Scholarship
Indian Health Service (IHS) Scholarship Program
National Academy of American Scholarships (NAAS)
The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
Udall Undergraduate Scholarship
University of Washington Daniel Iyall Native American Teacher Education Fellowship
Washington Indian Gaming (WIGA) Scholarship
Washington State University Memorandum of Understanding Member Scholarships
Washington State University Scholarships
For additional details follow the links to the websites
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Internships
Indians Into Medicine (IHS grant award)
Indian Energy Undergrad Internship
NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI)
New Technologist Paid Internship
U of Idaho - McCall Outdoor Science School
WSU: Native American Health Sciences Program
Must be an enrolled member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe who has graduated High School or obtained a GED. Applicant must be pursuing Post-Secondary Education in an Accredited and or Licensed degree or certificate program that results in a degree or certificate. The Tuition Assistance award pays tuition and mandatory fees only. Applicants must submit a complete Tuition Assistance Application packet and be approved by the Education Committee. Cowlitz funding will support one Associates, one Bachelors, One Masters, 1 Doctorate and one Certificate. Funding is based on the certificate or degree program you are enrolled in. Lifetime limits apply to all awards. The Cowlitz Tuition Assistance Award Program does not have the spending authority to pay on past educational debt.
- Applications are available on-line (insert application) and complete application packets are to be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- An application packet must contain the following: Application, Educational Goals sheet, Copy of Cowlitz Tribal id, Most recent transcripts and a current FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR).
- Each academic year, a GWE Educational Benefit of $1000 is available. Education staff will send you the application after your first term tuition payment is submitted by you.
“General Welfare Exclusion Act Benefit -On August 3, 2019, the Cowlitz Tribal Council approved the inclusion of the Cowlitz Tuition Assistance Award Program as a tribal benefit under the General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2014 (Act). This approval acknowledges the tuition and tuition related fees provided by the Cowlitz Tuition Assistance Award Program meet the requirements of the Act, are not taxable, and are not subject to IRS information reporting requirements. Select the link below for Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2014 IRS instructions. (Tuition and Other Educational Benefits Provided by Tribes, Form 1098-T | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov))
PO Box 2547, Longview, WA 98632
Phone: 360-353-9588, 360-353-9497
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 – 5:00