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Return on Investment

Contributing to the economic development of American Indian reservations is an essential goal of TCUs, especially those living in geographically isolated areas.

AIHEC Return on Investment/Economic Impact Study

“The Economic Value of American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Colleges & Universities: An Analysis of the Economic Impact and Return on Investment of Education” report developed by Economic Modeling Specialist International (August 2015) assesses the collective economic benefits of 34 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) on the national economy and the benefits generated by the TCUs for students, tribes, society, and taxpayers. The results of this study show that TCUs create a positive net impact on the national economy and generate a positive investment for students, tribes, society, and taxpayers.

Economic Contribution of North Dakota’s Tribal Colleges in 2012

The report, Economic Contribution of North Dakota’s Tribal Colleges, commissioned by the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges with support from AIHEC and the Lumina Foundation for Education, states that North Dakota’s five tribal colleges (Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten; Fort Berthold Community College, New Town; Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates; Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt; and United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck) generated $182 million to the state’s economy in 2012. These TCUs, along with dozens of others around the country, are ‘beacons of hope’ in their communities and sound investments for the nation. Even a modest investment pays significant dividends for years to come: education is as priceless as it is transformative.

The Path of Many Journeys

The report, The Benefits of Higher Education for Native People and Communities was developed by the Institute for Higher Education Policy in collaboration with AIHEC and the American Indian College Fund. Funding for this project was made possible through the generous support of USA Funds. This report outlines both the challenges of college participation as well as the benefits of investing in higher education for American Indians and argues that higher education is one of the main drivers of economic and social development for all American Indian communities. REPORTFACTSHEET

Tribal College Contributions to Economic Development

This report examines the impact of tribal colleges and universities upon the economic growth of reservation communities through workforce skills training, small business and entrepreneurship promotion, and agriculture and land enhancement. REPORT