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Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions Program (NASNTI)

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    84.382C, 84.031X

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)


    Generally, Higher Education Act (HEA) Title III, Part A funds help eligible institutions of higher education increase their self-sufficiency and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions. The purpose of the Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) Program is to provide grants and related assistance to Native American-serving, nontribal institutions to enable such institutions to improve and expand their capacity to serve Native Americans and low-income individuals. Institutions may use these grants to plan, develop, or implement activities that strengthen the institution. 

    Grants awarded under this section shall be used by Native American nontribal-serving institutions to assist such institutions to plan, develop, undertake, and carry out activities to improve and expand such institutions' capacity to serve Native Americans and low-income individuals. Types of projects may include:

    • Purchase, rental, or lease of scientific or laboratory equipment for educational purposes, including instructional and research purposes;
    • Renovation and improvement in classroom, library, laboratory, and other instructional facilities;
    • Support of faculty exchanges, and faculty development and faculty fellowships to assist in attaining advanced degrees in the faculty's field of instruction;
    • Curriculum development and academic instruction;
    • Purchase of library books, periodicals, microfilm, and other educational materials;
    • Funds and administrative management, and acquisition of equipment for use in strengthening funds management;
    • Joint use of facilities such as laboratories and libraries;
    • Academic tutoring and counseling programs and student support services; and
    • Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students or the students' families.

    History of Funding

    Approximately $4,700,000 is available in total funding for FY2021. Previous award information is available at

    Additional Information

    For FY2022, NASNTI has two competitive preference priority and one invitational priority.

    • Competitive Preference Priority 1: Meeting Student Social, Emotional, and Academic Needs. Applicants must propose a project that is designed t to improve students' social, emotional, academic, and career development, with a focus on underserved students by creating a positive, inclusive, and identity-safe climate at IHEs through one or more of the following activities:
      • Fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion for underserved students.
      • Implementing evidence-based practices for advancing student success for underserved students.
      • Providing evidence-based professional development opportunities designed to build asset-based mindsets for faculty and staff on campus and that are inclusive with regard to race, ethnicity, culture, language, and disability status. 
    • Competitive Preference Priority 2: Increasing Postsecondary Education Access, Affordability, Completion, and Post-Enrollment Success. Projects that are designed to increase postsecondary access, affordability, completion, and success for underserved students by addressing one or more of the following priority areas:
      •  Increasing postsecondary education access and reducing the cost of college by creating clearer pathways for students between institutions and making transfer of course credits more seamless and transparent.
      • Increasing the number and proportion of underserved students who enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs.
      • Reducing the net price or debt-to-earnings ratio for underserved students who enroll in or complete college, other post-secondary education, or career and technical education programs.
      • Supporting the development and implementation of student success programs that integrate multiple comprehensive and evidence-based services or initiatives (i.e. academic advising, structured/guided pathways, career services, student financial aid, access to technological devices, etc).


    Don Crews

    Don Crews
    Office of Postsecondary Education
    400 Maryland Avenue SW Room 7E311
    Washington, DC 20202
    (202) 453-7920

  • Eligibility Details

    Designation as an eligible institution is required prior to formal application to the NASNTI (or any other Higher Education Act) grant program. To be eligible for HEA Title III or V programs, an institution of higher education's average educational and general expenditures” (E&G) per full-time equivalent (FTE) undergraduate student must be less than the average E&G expenditures per FTE undergraduate student of institutions that offer similar instruction in that year. Pending this initial calculation or approval of waiver, institutions must then meet further qualifications based on the specific grant program under the HEA for which they wish to apply.

    The Department has instituted a process known as the Eligibility Matrix (EM), under which they will use information submitted by IHEs to IPEDS to determine which institutions meet the basic eligibility requirements for the programs authorized by Title III or Title V of the HEA. The Department will use enrollment and fiscal data for the 2019-2020 year submitted by institutions to IPEDS to make eligibility determinations for FY 2022.

    Beginning December 16, 2021, an institution will be able to review the Department's decision on whether it is eligible for the grant programs authorized by Titles III or V of the HEA through this process by checking the institution's eligibility in the Eligibility system linked through the Department's Institutional Service Eligibility website at:

    If the entry for your institution in the EM shows that your institution is automatically eligible (green color coding) to apply for a grant for a particular program and you plan to submit an application for a grant in that program, you will not need to apply for eligibility or for a waiver through the process described in this summary. Rather, you may print out the eligibility letter directly. However, if the EM does not show that your institution is automatically eligible (yellow color coding) for a program in which you plan to apply for a grant, you must submit a waiver request as discussed in this summary before the deadline. Note that eligibility designation for waivers are effective for one year: from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

    The FY22 eligibility matrix is available here:

    Eligibility for 2022 for main campuses was pre-determined using data from the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Eligible main campuses do not need to complete an application. Branch campuses will be required to log in to submit an application. You may search for your institution to determine if your institution is eligible and download your approval letter here:

    Upon general HEA Title III and V funding eligibility confirmation, the NASNTI program further requires that applicants are Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs) that qualify as a Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution as defined in the authorizing program statute and certifies, at the time of submission, that it has an enrollment of undergraduate students that is at least 10% Native American.

    To qualify as an eligible institution under the NASNTI Program, an institution must also:

    • Be accredited or pre-accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association that the Secretary has determined to be a reliable authority as to the quality of education or training offered;
    • Be legally authorized by the State in which it is located to be a community college or to provide an educational program for which it awards a bachelor's degree; and
    • Be designated as an ‘‘eligible institution'' by demonstrating that it has:
      • Have an enrollment of needy students; and
      • Have low average educational and general expenditures per full-time equivalent (FTE) undergraduate student.

    NOTE: A grantee under the HSI (Hispanic Serving Institutions) program, which is authorized under title V of the HEA (Higher Education Act), may not receive a grant under any HEA, title III, part A program. The title III, part A programs are: SIP; the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities program; the Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions program; the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions program; and the Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions program. Furthermore, a current HSI program grantee may not give up its HSI grant to receive a grant under SIP or any title III, Part A program. An eligible HSI that is not a current grantee under the HSI program may apply for a FY 2020 grant under all Title III, part A programs for which it is eligible, as well as receive consideration for a grant under the HSI program. However, a successful applicant may receive only one grant under the HEA.

    Additionally, an eligible IHE that submits applications for a NASNTI Individual Development Grant and a NASNTI Cooperative Arrangement Development Grant in this competition may be awarded both in the same fiscal year. However, the department will not award a second Cooperative Arrangement Development Grant to an otherwise eligible IHE for an award year for which the IHE already has a Cooperative Arrangement Development Grant award under the NASNTI Program. A grantee with an Individual Development Grant or a Cooperative Arrangement Development Grant may be a subgrantee in one or more Cooperative Arrangement Development Grants. The lead institution in a Cooperative Arrangement Development Grant must be an eligible institution. Partners or subgrantees are not required to be eligible institutions. 

    Deadline Details

    Institutions must first confirm eligibility to apply for HEA Title III and V funding prior to applying to this program. For more information about this process, see:

    While the NASNTI competition typically occurs on a quadrennial cycle, the Title III and V eligibility window is annual.

    • The deadline to confirm eligibility or submit a request for waiver for any funding available under Title III or Title V of the Higher Education Act in FY 2022 is February 18, 2022.
    • Please see for more information. Note that eligibility designation for waivers only of the non-federal cost share is effective for one year: from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Those applicants approved for 2022 eligibility waiver letters are expected to be announced by April 2022.

    Provided the applicant institution is listed as automatically eligible within the current FY's eligibility matrix (green color coding) or applied for a waiver (yellow color coding) and received an approval letter, they are then permitted to apply to the NASNTI program once the window opens.

    Applications to the NASNTI program are to be submitted by July 11, 2022. A similar deadline is anticipated quadrennially. Updates on future funding will be forecasted on the Department's Grant Funding Forecast at:

    Award Details

    Approximately $3,200,000 is available in total funding for FY2022.

    • 6 individual development grant awards are anticipated. Individual awards are expected to range from $250,000 to $350,000 per year, with the average award being $300,000 per year. 
    • 2 cooperative arrangement development grants are also anticipated. These projects will be funded at $400,000 to $550,000 per year, with the average award being $475,000 per year.
      • Note: A cooperative arrangement is an arrangement to carry out allowable grant activities between an institution eligible to receive a grant under this part and another eligible or ineligible IHE, under which the resources of the cooperating institutions are combined and shared to better achieve the purposes of this part and avoid costly duplication of effort. 

    Projects are expect to last up to 60 months (5 years). Cost-sharing/matching is not required unless funds are used for an endowment.

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