In a move designed to erase some of the barriers to higher education for Native American students, the University of Arizona’s main Tucson campus announced that tribal students will now be able to attend without paying tuition or fees. The program will be available to students registered to one of the state’s 22 federally recognized tribes, meaning that over 400 students will be eligible. Other public universities throughout the U.S. also offer free tuition to Native students, such as those in California, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana and Oregon.
"The University of Arizona is committed to recognizing and acknowledging the history endured by Native American communities," Kasey Urquídez, the school's vice president of enrollment management, said in a statement, as reported by National Public Radio. "We are committed to promoting access and success for Indigenous students."
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