The Office of Financial Aid is responsible for the administration of the student financial aid programs and financial counseling to students who apply for aid.
Students applying for financial aid should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students should apply over the Internet at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov, FAFSA applications are also available at the SIPI Financial Aid Office (FAO) located in the Administration Building, Room 102. The office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Financial Aid personnel are available to assist students with completing the financial aid applications. For additional help in filling out the FAFSA, students can go to the DOE "Applying for Financial Aid" web site at http://www.studentaid.ed.gov . Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible in order to meet financial aid deadlines and eliminate a delays in obtaining financial aid. Information and assistance concerning the various financial aid programs can be obtained from various high school counselors, BIA and tribal education counselors or by calling the FAO at SIPI (505) 346-2344/2361. SIPI's Title IV school code is 011185. For additional school codes log on to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Net Price Calculator
The net price calculator is for prospective and current students. By answering a few simple questions, the calculator will present you with an estimate of your full-time 2013-2014 cost of attendance and financial aid at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute. When you complete the calculator online form, you are not applying for aid. Please visit SIPI's Financial Aid Office to apply for financial aid.
2013-2014 Financial Forms
SIPI Financial Aid Office - Deadlines & Pay Dates (in PDF format)
FAFSA application 2013-2014 (in PDF format)
Dependent Verification Form (in PDF format)
Independent Verification Form (in PDF format)
Question 23 Worksheet (in PDF format)
Student Information Release Form (in PDF format)
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Contract (in PDF format)
Form 4506T-T Request for Transcript of Tax Return (in PDF format)
Non-Tax Filers Statement (in PDF format)
Financial Aid SAP Appeal Form (in PDF format)
Child Support Paid - Independent (in PDF format)
Child Support Paid - Dependent (in PDF format)
Receipt of SNAP Benefits - Independent (in PDF format)
Receipt of SNAP Benefits - Dependent (in PDF format)
Types of Aid
Students at SIPI can receive aid through grants, work-study and other programs, most of which are based on need. Once the Financial Aid Office determines how much and what kind of aid a student may be eligible to receive, a financial aid package is prepared to meet the student's need. Financial Aid Programs include:
IMPORTANT FEDERAL PELL GRANT INFORMATION
The Title IV Consolidation Appropriation Act of 2012 limits the amount of Federal Pell Grant eligibility to
12 full time semesters for all recipients. The new law applies to all previous, current and future Federal
Pell Grant disbursements.
In order to make sure educational goals are achieved within the 12 full time semesters timeframe, recipients should follow a degree plan and periodically meet with
an Academic Advisor or Counselor to discuss graduation or transfer plans. Once notified by the Department of Education and/or SIPI Financial Aid Office, recipients
who exceed the 12 full time semesters timeframe cannot receive a Federal Pell Grant for any future coursework.
Please click here for information regarding the return of Title IV Funds (R2T4)
Please click here for information regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Q. How will I be notified if Ive exceeded the LEU (Lifetime Eligibility Used) timeframe?
Click here for the Pell Information flyer in PDF format.
Click here for the Veterans Administration Financial Assistance and Attendance Policy
College Work Study
This program is designed to provide financial assistance to students through part-time employment on campus. Work-study students are paid the minimum wage and payments are issued on a bi-weekly basis. Work schedules are determined by class schedules and job requirements.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Supplemental Educational Grant (SEOG) is available to exceptionally needy students who wish to attend SIPI, such as students with the greatest of need and who are PELL eligible.
New Mexico College Affordability Grant (NMAC)
New Mexico State Student Incentive Grant (NMSSIG)
The NMSSIG is available for New Mexico residents who are full-time students, are PELL eligible and who are determined to have exceptional need. If funds are available, part-time students may be eligible.
NOTE: SIPI does not participate in any loan programs.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program
A transfer scholarship that is worth up to $30,000 a year! SIPI is allowed to nominate 2 students for national consideration. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will award 60 scholarships in total.
To be considered for nomination, a student needs to submit a application on-line - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
BIA/Tribal Scholarship Grant
Students may be eligible to participate in the BIA/Tribal Higher Education or Adult Vocational Training Programs. Applications must be submitted to agencies well in advance of enrollment at SIPI. Availability of funds is determined by the funding agency. To apply for funding contact or write your BIA/Tribal Scholarship Offices. Students must complete a FAFSA in order for FAO to complete a financial needs analysis to respective BIA/Tribal Higher Education Offices.
SIPI complies with the principal of excellence for educational institutions serving service members, veterans, spouses, and other family members. Students are encouraged to complete their veterans application on line at: http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov. Eligible students will then need to contact the SIPI certifying official, submit current class schedule, DD-214, certificate of eligibility, and transcripts from previous colleges.
Written records of previous education and training are maintained to show that appropriate credit has been given for the previous education. The training program at SIPI is then shortened proportionately. Information about eligibility for VA education and training benefits is available at any Veterans Administration Office. The Albuquerque Veterans Administration is located at 500 Gold Avenue SW 87102, Call toll free 1-800-827-1000 (NM Residents) or visit: http://www.va.gov.
New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
Disabled persons may be eligible for education and training benefits from DVR. The Albuquerque offices include: The Albuquerque office include: 7905 Marble Avenue NE, (505) 232-8701; 300 San Mateo NE, Suite 101, (505) 841-6450; Disability Determination Services, 3121 Amherst Drive, NE, (505) 841-5600; DVR Toll Free Numbers - 1-800-224-7005; 1-877-475-8226 TTY. DVR Web site: http://www.dvrgetsjobs.com. Students may also contact the on-campus counselor at (505) 346-2319.
Social Security Administration
In specific instances, disabled students may be eligible to draw educational benefits through Social Security. Information on the application process and eligibility requirements may be requested by calling 1-800-772-1213. Visit SSA web site: http://www.ssa.gov.
Students are encouraged to initiate independent research for other scholarship assistance to supplement their expenses. Some resources are posted at the SIPI Financial Aid Office scholarship wall.
J.P. and the Hearst Foundation
Sprint Tribal College, Joseph and Sophia Abeles, UPS Foundation and AICF General Fund Scholarships $2250-$250
American Indian College Fund-General Scholarship
Financial Aid Appeal Form (in PDF format)
American Indian College Fund-Special Scholarship