Program Description

The Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Career and Technical Institutions Program (TCPCTIP), which is authorized under section 117 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV), provides grants to tribally controlled postsecondary and technical institutions that do not receive assistance under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act or the Navajo Community College Act.

Grant funds are used for expenses associated with capital expenditures, maintenance and operation of programs, expansion and improvement of educational offerings and student support services, including tuition, books/fees, childcare, counseling, job placement, transportation, supplies, specialized tools and uniforms that are required for students to fully participate in career and technical education programs.

TCPCTIP grantees provide professional development opportunities to its instructors, administrators, and TCPCTIP staff for high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations in established or emerging professions. Students are provided career and technical education opportunities to earn one year and two year certificates or industry-recognized credentials, as well as two year associate degrees.

OCTAE published a Federal Register Notice of Final Waivers and Extension of Project Periods, on May 23, 2012, in which the Secretary extended project periods for the TCPCTIP grantees through FY 2013, or longer, if Congress continues to appropriate funds under the existing program authority. The TCPCTIP grantees were awarded their year 9 continuation grants in August and September 2015, which were funded with the FY 2015 TCPCTIP appropriation of approximately $7.7 million.

General Program Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for the TCPCTIP, the applicant must be a tribally controlled postsecondary career and technical institution that does not receive Federal support under the Tribally Controlled College or University Assistance Act of 1978 (24 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), of the Navajo Community College Act (25 U.S.C. 640a et seq.).

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Current TCPCTIP grantees may continue to request TCPCTIP continuation awards, for as long as Congress continues to appropriate funds under the existing program authority. Therefore, no new grant competition is planned, until Congress authorizes a new Perkins statute.

Information to apply for new awards under the TCPCTIP may be found at the following links:

Contact: Gwen Washington, Education Program Specialist, Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Career and Technical Institutions Program, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), U. S. Department of Education, 550 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20202-7241, telephone: 202-245-7790, email address:

Program Contact Information

Gwen C. Washington
Education Program Specialist
(202) 245-7790

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number84.245A
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram Only for Tribes/Native Organizations
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)The two TCPCTIP grantees trained 4,650 CTE students during their 2014 - 2015 academic year.
Length of ProgramThe TCPCTIP grants are funded from 5 - 10 years, as long as Congress continues to appropriate funds under the existing statute.
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Tribes Funded by this ProgramTwo Tribally Controlled Postsecondary CTE Institutions are funded under the TCPCTIP.

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