Tribal Program Frequently Asked Questions | The Evergreen State College

Tribal Program Frequently Asked Questions

Where do classes take place? Classes for Evergreen students (those with 90 or more college credits) take place 2 nights a week at each of the tribal sites (Peninsula, Quinault and Tacoma) and 4 Saturdays per quarter at the Longhouse on the Evergreen campus.

Students with 90 or more credits who cannot meet Evergreen face-to-face classes at Quinault, Peninsula College or Evergreen's Tacoma can also enroll in our tribal online course which combines online learning with quarterly weekend classes.

Classes for Grays Harbor and Peninsula students (those with fewer than 90 college credits) take place online- you need daily Internet access- and 4 Saturdays per quarter at the Longhouse on the Evergreen campus with the Evergreen Native Pathways Program students.

What if I'm close to 90 credits but not quite there- should I apply to be a Grays Harbor or a Peninsula student or an Evergreen student? For Grays Harbor, you should contact Lorena Maurer, the program coordinator, at 360-538-4090 or lorena.maurer@ghc.edu. Lorena will meet with you, look at your transcripts, confer with the appropriate staff, and make the recommendation that best meets your needs.

For Peninsula College, you should contact Sophia Gu at 360-417-6345. Ms. Gu will meet with you, look at your transcripts, confer with the appropriate staff, and make the recommendation that best meets your needs.

What degrees can I earn and what are they useful for? As a Grays Harbor or Peninsula student, you'll work toward an Associate of Arts direct transfer degree. This degree allows you to transfer to any 4-year college or university, entering as a junior. Although we hope you'll transfer into Evergreen's Native Pathways Program (and most graduates do), you can enter any college or university as a junior. Evergreen students work toward a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree. By definition, the liberal arts include the academic areas of the humanities, fine arts, literature, natural sciences, and the social sciences. Liberal Arts degrees are extremely useful in building transferable skills that serve you well in a wide variety of professions, as well as in graduate school.

What if I need additional course work to prepare me for classes? No problem. We use the very best online courses available to help you build your skills in writing or math to prepare you for college level courses.

What if I want to major in a specific area? Although Evergreen does not have departments or major fields of studies like conventional colleges and universities, there are ways in which you may concentrate on a specific area of interest. Independent projects, for example, undertaken during the summer or regular academic year, allow students to design and focus on projects of their own choosing.

How much does it cost, and how do I pay for this? Evergreen tuition information is available at http://www.evergreen.edu/admissions/costs.htm. Grays Harbor tuition information is available at http://www.ghc.edu/student_services/page13.htm. Peninsula College tuition information is available at http//pencol.edu/financial. Financial aid, scholarships, and loans are available from both Evergreen, Grays Harbor and Peninsula. In addition, some tribes fund part or all of enrolled tribal members' college education. Check with your Tribe for details.