With the return of students this fall, Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) student fees will also return to their pre-pandemic rates. Students living on-campus will pay $715, including housing and food services, and students living off-campus will pay $240 for the semester.
Last March, Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) operated institutions received federal aid to transition to distance learning during the pandemic. HINU was awarded $5.6 million from the CARES Act and was required to make direct-to-student aid payments as part of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF). The direct aid payments were to assist students with increased financial burdens, including campus fees. Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, a BIE-operated school, chose to waive student fees during this time, while HINU restructured its $240 “Off-Campus” fee into a $715 “Online” fee. The HEERF student aid payments covered the $475 student fee increase, and the fee increase allowed the university to generate over an estimated $680,000 in additional operational funding.