Contact:
Joe Carpio
Director of Admissions & Records
505-346-2324
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Barbara Chino
Admissions Technician
505-346-2372
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Alice Platero
Office Automation Assistant
505-346-2338
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Admissions and Financial Aid

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) accepts as students American Indian and Alaskan Natives, who must meet one of two tribal affiliation criteria:

  1. verification of US Federal tribal membership from a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) agency or tribal census office; or
  2. must be one-quarter percent or more blood quantum of a federally recognized tribe(s), verified by either a BIA agency or tribal census office.
  • Minimum age of acceptance to SIPI is 17 years of age; accepted students who are 17 years of age are not eligible to reside in the lodges until their 18th birthday.
  • Minimum age of acceptance into the GEDฎ Program is 18 years of age.

Documents needed for Admission:

  • Admission Application
  • Verification of Tribal Affiliation
  • Official High School Transcript (showing graduation date)
  • Transfer students must provide all official College transcripts
  • Health Physical (can be turned in 30 days after instruction begins)
  • Immunization Record (can be turned in 30 days after instruction begins)
  • DD 214 Form (if claiming veteran status)

Reporting any false information on a student’s application may be grounds for denying admission or suspension form the institution. The Admissions Office will not be able to copy, transfer, or return documents submitted for admission to SIPI. All accepted new and transfer students are required to take the ACT Compass Test for placement. Based on the student’s placement and individual minimum test scores, the student may be required to enroll in Developmental Studies or Technical Preparation courses.

Admitted students are required to register for each trimester they attend. The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) provides tuition, room board, and books to students at minimal charge. Students must pay required fees prior to registration for classes. All fees must be paid in full (money order only) prior to registering for classes. Fees will be collected during registration.

Student Fees

Lodge Full-Time Student – 12 Credit Hours or More: $590.00

Student Activity Fee

$50.00

Library Fee

$70.00

Academic Enhancement Fee

$20.00

Lodge Resident Fee

$125.00

Food Service Fee

$100.00

Textbook Fee

$145.00

Identification Fee

$5.00

IT Fee

$75.00

TOTAL FEE

$590.00



Commuter Full-Time Student – 12 Credit Hours or More: $365.00

Student Activity Fee

$50.00

Library Fee

$70.00

Academic Enhancement Fee

$20.00

Textbook Fee

$145.00

Identification Fee

$5.00

IT Fee

$75.00

TOTAL FEE

$365.00



Commuter Part-Time Student – 11 Credit Hours or Less: $290.00

Student Activity Fee

$50.00

Library Fee

$70.00

Academic Enhancement Fee

$20.00

Textbook Fee

$70.00

Identification Fee

$5.00

IT Fee

$75.00

TOTAL FEE

$290.00



Program Specific Fees:
Culinary Arts ..................................................................... $525.00
(one-time fee for supplies to be given to the student)

  • The student accounting office accepts MONEY ORDERS ONLY.
  • Other forms of acceptable payment for fees are federal and/or tribal government checks.
  • REFUNDS: Fees, excluding $50.00 registration fee, are refundable (for status changes such as withdrawals, changes from CFT to CPT, or checkout from a lodge) until close of business on the last day of the trimester add/drop week (see trimester calendar). After that, students are obligated to pay fees according to their status on that date Fees become non-refundable on that date. All fees and/or refunds will be verified by the Student Accounting Office and will be processed through the Federal Accounting System according to policies. The processing time for refunds is approximately six (6) weeks.
  • Students with outstanding debts to the college must take off the debt before a transcript is requested.

Delayed Payment Option
Minimum amount due at the time of registration:
  • Lodge Residents: $275.00
  • Commuters full-time and part-time: $50.00

  • The balance of the accounts are due no later than the third week of instruction, as indicated on the SIPI Academic Calendar.

Please note: commuter students, both full-time and part-time, will now have an opportunity to purchase food serviceof $100.00 this will cover 3 meals a day Monday – Friday and 2 meals a day Saturday and Sunday.

Related Links:

SIPI Application for Admission (in PDF format)
Transcript Request Form (in PDF format)
Housing Application Form (in PDF format)
Golden Eagle Lodge & Four Winds Lodge Policies & Procedures (in PDF format)
SIPI FERPA Brochure (in PDF format)
Student Request for Non-Disclosure of Directory Information (in PDF format)
Financial Aid Office

External Links:

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)