NEFE, AICF Partner on Resource for Native Students

Handbooks Offered to Help Find their Path

Date: March 14, 2011

Contact: Paul Golden - National Endowment for Financial Education, 303-224-3514, [email protected]; Dina Horwedel - American Indian College Fund, 303-430-5350, [email protected]

DENVER—A series titled "Developing Your Vision While Attending College" has been co-developed by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and the American Indian College Fund.

The four handbooks take students step-by-step through the process of deciding to go to college and, once enrolled, teach them about financial aid and money management. For Native American students, the series uniquely promotes success in college by featuring stories of personal struggle and shows how educational and cultural success is intertwined. The handbooks are available on the AICF website at

"Planning and preparation can lead to community success in achieving goals. This holds true in terms of an individual’s finances too," says Brent Neiser, CFP® and senior director with NEFE. "Having knowledge of the fundamental concepts of money management, paired with tribal values and higher education are tremendously beneficial in both community and individual settings."

"American Indians are at a disadvantage financially when planning for college due to high levels of poverty and unemployment on Indian reservations, making it even more important that Native peoples plan their resources carefully," says Richard B. Williams, president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. "We are thrilled to have the support of the National Endowment for Financial Education, with whom we collaborated to develop these important tools that can help Natives successfully navigate the road to getting into college from a financial standpoint. Wise financial planning is integral to getting into and staying in college to ensure students’ academic and career success."

About the American Indian College Fund

With its credo "Educating the Mind and Spirit," the American Indian College Fund is the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships for American Indian students, providing an average of 6,000 scholarships annually for students seeking to better their lives and communities through education and support to the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities. For more information, visit



  • Paul Golden

    Media Relations Director

    Direct: 303-224-3514
    Cell: 303-918-3620
    [email protected]