About 700 tribal members in Oregon, US, are expected to take part in what could be the country's most ambitious program aimed at reducing financial barriers that contribute to low college attendance and completion rates among Native American students. The state legislature funded the Oregon Tribal Student Grant program with $19 million for 2022-23. Maximum grants will cover the average cost of attendance including tuition, books, housing and more for tribal members who attend an in-state community college or university. So far more than 400 have started grant applications for the program. This is a huge opportunity for our tribal members to essentially gain access to higher education where there's a possibility that they would not go if they did not have access to this grant, said Modesta Minthorn, education director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

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