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Application Process

Program Dates:

Our 2018 dates are forthcoming.  Graduate Horizons is a biennial program, held every other year in the summer.  We will announce the next program's host institution and date by fall 2017.


When we make the 2018 application available it will include a specific deadline. Complete applications must be postmarked by the deadline. Applications will be due sometime in February, 2018.  There is only ONE deadline to apply.  All materials must be mailed in 1 envelope.  Late applications are accepted on a space available basis only, financial aid may not be available for late applications.

Application Parts:

  • Student Application with short answer and personal essay
  • Resume or CV
  • Proof of Tribal enrollment or Native Hawaiian documentation
  • Official Academic Transcripts
  • 1 Academic Recommendation AND 1 Professional Recommendation
  • A $120.00 check/money order made payable to College Horizons which covers: 
    • $20.00 Application processing fee (non-refundable)
    • $100.00 Deposit towards the $225.00 program fee

Cost of Program Airfare:

The total program cost is $225.00 and includes tuition, dorm room with linens, meals, and all materials. Participants are responsible for their own transportation (flying/driving) and ground transportation to the program's host site. A $100.00 deposit is due at the time of application along with the application processing fee of $20.00. The remaining $125.00 is due by spring 2016.

Financial Aid for Travel Only:

For participants that qualify, financial aid is available for travel assistance only. We award financial aid to over 50% of our students. Students must apply for financial aid on their application and provide tax returns and income information.  Those applying by the February 3 deadline will receive priority funding; late applications are not guaranteed financial aid.

Our individualized workshop helps candidates:

    • Work in small group cohorts based on discipline and receive one-on-one advising by experienced and expert faculty,
    • Select suitable graduate degree programs and professional schools to research and apply to,
    • Learn about career paths, opportunities, and career advancement that a graduate degree offers,
    • Receive tips and strategies on the application process, Statement of Purpose, Personal Statements, and Writing sample requirements,
    • Understand the financial aid process for graduate students (different from college financial aid)
    • Learn about scholarship, internship, fellowship, loan-for-service repayment programs,
    • Receive test-taking strategies and resources from experts on the GMAT / GRE / LSAT / MCAT / DMAT,
    • Learn how to prepare for and receive a strong Letter of Recommendation (academic, personal, professional),
    • Develop relationships with admissions officers and faculty of the program,
    • Hear from current Native graduate students on challenges and strategies to be resilient and succeed in graduate programs,
    • Attend a graduate fair, informational sessions, and learn about the host site’s graduate programs,
    • Network with 100 other Native students and professionals ready to transform themselves and their communities!

Cancelation Policy:

Applicants not admitted to the program will have their $100.00 deposit refunded automatically.  If a student is admitted and then notifies GH of their withdrawal before April 2018, their deposit will be refunded only if a student can take their place. If a student receives a travel scholarship and withdraws or is a no show to the program after a ticket has been purchased, the student is responsible to pay the cancelation fee of the ticket and reimburse College Horizons for the total cost of the ticket.


To be eligible, each student must,

  • Be American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or First Nations of Canada AND provide appropriate tribal/ancestry documentation (copies of relevant tribal enrollment forms issued from a state or federally recognized tribe or verified Hawaiian  documentation);
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
  • Be a current college student (at an accredited community college, tribal college/university, or 4 year institution), OR a college graduate, OR a student in a master’s degree program interested in pursing a second advanced degree;
  • Minimum Course Work: Have completed the equivalent of 2 years of college course work by June 2018;
  • Minimum GPA: Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average; and
  • Submit a completed application packet by the deadline.