In order for a student to be eligible for services provided by CPS American Indian Education Program, a parent or legal guardian must complete an ED 506 form.

Download the ED 506 form HERE

Submit the form in person, email, or fax:

American Indian Family Resource Center
Eugene Field Elementary School
7019 N. Ashland Blvd, Room 209
Chicago, IL 60626

Scan and email to:

Fax: 773-534-2189 

ED 506 FAQs

What is it?

The ED 506 is an eligibility certification form to be completed by tribally enrolled (federal or state recognized) American Indian students in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). It is a Federal form required in order to be eligible for services provided by Title VI Indian Education Formula Grant Program. Tribal enrollment requirements are for EITHER the student, one of their parents, or a grandparent.

What information is needed to complete a form?

In order for an ED 506 form to be complete, it must contain all of the following information:

  • Name of child and date of birth;
  • Chicago Public School name;
  • Current Grade;
  • Name of the tribe, band, or group;
  • Whether the tribe listed is federally recognized (including Alaska Native); state recognized; terminated; or an organized Indian group meeting #5 of the Definition;
  • Name of the individual with tribal membership- Individual named is – the child; the child’s parent, or the child’s grandparent;
  • Proof of membership, as defined by tribe, band, or group: Membership letter, ID card or enrollment number;
  • Name and address of the organization maintaining membership data for the tribe, band, or group;
  • Parent or legal guardian’s signature;
  • Current Date for Signature; and
  • Mailing address and telephone number.

What are the categories of tribes, bands, and groups for the Indian student count and where are they defined?

The categories are: Federally recognized (including Alaska Native), State-recognized, Terminated, Organized Indian group meeting the program’s definition.

The definitions appear on the ED 506 form.

Federally recognized tribes are limited to those indigenous to the U.S.A list of federally recognized tribes and can be obtained through the Bureau of Indian Affairs of the Department of the Interior.

The Web is a source of lists for state-recognized tribes. The U.S. Department of Education does not maintain a master list. It is recommended that you use official state Web sites only—the informal term “non-federally recognized” does not imply state- recognized. Tribes pursuing recognized status (Federal or State) are not included.

Terminated tribes are those that once had a federally recognized status from the U.S. Department of the Interior and had that designation terminated. Some terminations were state-specific, so contact your state to check specific status.

Other organized Indian group represents those that received a grant under the Indian Education Act of 1988 as it was in effect October 19, 1994.

Why do I have to complete an ED 506 form?

The U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Indian Education, Title VI Indian Education Formula Grant Program requires applicants to use the Indian Student Eligibility Certification Form, (ED 506), to document eligible Indian students for grant funding.

  • ED 506 form must be completed, signed and dated by the child’s parent to certify an Indian student’s eligibility for the program.
  • A separate ED 506 form is required for each Indian child.

Chicago Public Schools American Indian Education Program offers a variety of programming and services provided for CPS Indian students that have a completed ED 506 form on file with the CPS American Indian Education Program office. See full list of benefits HERE

Is it mandatory for me to complete an ED 506 form?

No, but if you would like your child to be able to participate in CPS American Indian Education Program events and make use of our services, you are required to complete one.

Will the information on my ED 506 form remain confidential?

Yes. Your form is safely kept on file in the CPS American Indian Education Program office and not shared with anyone.

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