American Indian Higher Education Consortium

American Indian Higher Education Consortium

AIHEC is the collective spirit and unifying voice of our nation's 37 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)—a unique community of tribally and federally chartered institutions working to strengthen tribal nations and make a lasting difference in the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Since 1973, AIHEC serves its network of member institutions through public policy, advocacy, research, and program initiatives to ensure strong tribal sovereignty through excellence in American Indian higher education.

Tribal Colleges and Universities

TCUs were created in response to the higher education needs of American Indians and generally serve geographically isolated populations that have no other means accessing education beyond the high school level. TCUs have become increasingly important to educational opportunity for native American students and are unique institutions that combine personal attention with cultural relevance to encourage American Indians—especially those living on reservations—to overcome the barriers they face to higher education.

member meetings

Winter 2015
February 9–12, 2015

Spring 2015
March 13–14, 2015

Winter 2016
February 8–11, 2016

Spring 2016
March 12–13, 2016

2014 Capitol Hill Meeting with TCU presidents and students in Washington, D.C.

tribal news

The 2014 data collection cycle is underway! If your institution would like to schedule a session for updates and training, or if your institution has new staff responsible for AIHEC AIMS, please e-mail Katherine Page.
The AIHEC AIMS reports will be due Monday, December 22, 2014
Please check the portal for updates. PORTAL

TCUs Offer American Indians/Alaska Natives Debt-free Opportunities for Higher Education
TCUs choose to make higher education affordable and accessible through very low tuition rates and comprehensive support systems. MORE

college spotlight

TCUs Receive Federal Funds for Workforce Programs

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded SBC and TMCC $1.7 million and $2.1 million respectively to support job-driven energy and related industry training programs. MORE

Cankdeska Cikana Community College

CCCC has received $675,000 in federal funds to establish a Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) at the college's campus in Fort Totten, ND. MORE

Sitting Bull College

SBC Library has been designated the first digital-only member of the Federal Depository Library Program. The library is opting to meet their community's needs by developing an online Government information collection. MORE

Aniiih Nakoda College
Womens AIHEC Division II Champions Aaniiih Nakoda College