Native American Student Services

Native American Event

NSHE Native American Fee Waiver

The Nevada Board of Regents provides a waiver of certain fees related to registration to a Native American student who is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe or nation or who is certified by the enrollment department of such tribe or nation or by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as being a descendant of an enrolled member of such tribe or nation regardless of member status, and who meets certain residency and other eligibility requirements. 

Download and complete the fee waiver form and follow its provided instructions.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for the fee waiver.  

  1. NSHE Institution Enrollment
    Students must apply and be accepted to TMCC before submitting any tribal documents. Do not submit tribal documents when applying for admission. Please submit them after you receive your letter of admission.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    You will not receive the Native American Fee Waiver without an updated FAFSA on file with TMCC. Be sure to designate TMCC on your FAFSA so the College receives your information.
  3. Returning Students' GPA Minimum
    Returning students must have earned a minimum 2.0 semester GPA during the immediately prior fall/spring semester or summer term at the institution for which the waiver is being requested.
  4. Provide Proof of Membership/Descendancy
    Show proof of membership or proof of descendancy of an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe or nation and meet one of the following:
    • Classified by an NSHE institution as an in-state resident for tuition purposes (institution will verify); OR
    • Be a member or descendant of an enrolled member of a federally recognized Native American tribe or nation, all or part of which is located within the boundaries of Nevada (verified with proof of membership or descendancy); OR 
    • Be a resident on tribal land, all or part of which is located within the boundaries of Nevada, whether the student’s actual residence was located within or outside of the boundaries of Nevada and has been a resident for not less than one year (additional documentation required).

Continuing Eligibility

  • Complete the FAFSA each year for which the fee waiver is desired unless you are exclusively enrolled in dual credit courses.
  • If applicable, maintain at least a minimum 2.0 semester GPA. If you have less than the required 2.0 GPA, you may reinstate eligibility by subsequently enrolling without the fee waiver, meeting the GPA requirement, and submitting a new fee waiver form. The fee waiver will then be reinstated for the immediate subsequent term or semester.