The purpose of the Gila River Indian Community Higher Education Program is to provide financial assistance to eligible enrolled Community Members seeking a certificate, diploma, or degree from an accredited college or university.


The goal of the Gila River Indian Community’s Higher Education Program is to provide eligible enrolled Community Members with support and resources to achieve their educational endeavors.

Eligibility Requirements


Jennifer Hinton, Coordinator
Email: Jennifer.Hinton@gric.nsn.us

Karen Neptune, Student Advisor
Email: Karen.Neptune@gric.nsn.us

Jewel Bishop, Student Advisor
Email: Jewel.Bishop@gric.nsn.us

Lolita Lee, Student Advisor
Email: Lolita.Lee@gric.nsn.us

William Tewawina, Student Advisor
Email: William.Tewawina2@gric.nsn.us

Xochil Castro, Secretary II
Email: Xochil.Castro@gric.nsn.us

Tison Gill, Student Advisor
Email: Tison.Gill@gric.nsn.us

Anthony Tarin, Student Advisor
Email: Anthony.Tarin@gric.nsn.us

GRIC Application Process

Steps For Application

  1. Meet with GRIC Student Advisor
  2. Returning/former students must have their file reviewed .
  3. Meet with Academic Advisor at school of choice
  4. Apply to school of choice
  5. Apply and submit FAFSA application online
  6. Submit GRIC scholarship application


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Educational Links

US Department of Education
Arizona Department of Education
Arizona Colleges and Universities
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)