The Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance (ONNSFA),  provides enrolled members of the Navajo Nation an opportunity to achieve their educational goals. Formerly known as the Navajo Higher Education Office, the ONNSFA was established in 1972 when the Navajo Nation entered into a P.L. 93-638 contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to administer the HIgher Education Grant. The ONNSFA is housed within the Department of Diné Education.

The ONNSFA awards financial aid and scholarship from several sources including federal funds from the Higher Education Grant, Navajo Nation Funds, Trust Funds and Corporate Funds. In 2018, the ONNSFA awarded more than $24 million in financial aid and scholarships to approximately 6,000 students seeking a college degree or certificate. 


  • Grant awards are provided to Navajo students seeking graduate-level degrees.
  • Graduate applicants shall pursue only one degree at the same level: a master’s degree, an education terminal degree, or a doctorate’s degree.
  • Full-time graduates or post-graduates must earn nine or more semester credit hours  with a term grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
  • Medical, veterinary, and law student applicants shall be a “full-time graduate applicant”  and earn no less than a 2.00 grade point average or “passing” grade at the end of each academic term.

Your information has been submitted. Thanks!