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Project Success

Project Success Initiative


Project Success began in 2017 and is funded by Great Lakes through the Department of Education. It funds two programs here at SIPI, the Emergency Aid Program, which offers aid to low- income students who may have unexpected expenses such as car repairs or medical bills, and the Paid Internship Program, which enables students to gain work experience during the trimester. It also sponsors GradReady an online Financial Literacy Training Program which helps students learn about money management and budgeting.


The overall goal of Project Success is to increase graduation and retention rates at SIPI.



The Emergency Aid Program

SIPI’s Emergency Aid Program provides assistance to students at risk of dropping out of college due to unexpected financial emergencies. This assistance was created to help students stay in college and meet their educational goals, ultimately, securing a better financial future.



Eligible students need to: 

  • Have an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of 7000 or less
  • Provide documentation of the financial emergency
  • Be registered for at least 6 credit hours or more at SIPI 
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Must be seeking a degree or certificate from SIPI
  • Must complete GradReady online Financial Literacy Training Program at:
    • Print the quizzes with your scores & must receive 70% or above.
  • You may receive only one emergency grant through this program



Child care




Medical/Dental expenses

Personal automobile expenses

Public transportation/bus pass


Death of family members or accident/illness of immediate family members (Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister)



Entertainment expenses

Student Fees

Legal fees



Cell phone bill





Note: If you do not meet one or more of the eligibility requirements below, please contact Jolene Aguilar at 505-346-2360 or via email at [email protected]



Interested students must create an online account and submit an application to the following link:

Documents to support your request (bills or estimates, etc.) are required to complete your application.



 If approved for funding payment will be made payable to a third party via check. In most cases, award payments will be available within 2 business days.



Once you have submitted your online application, staff in the Student Services and Financial Aid office will review your application. If your request meets our eligibility requirements, we will contact you to schedule an appointment with a Student Services staff member. During this appointment, your application and supporting documentation will be discussed and any questions will be answered. You will receive an email regarding the amount of funding and any next steps within 2 business days of this meeting. Be sure to return to the Student Account Overview page to share YOUR story and find links to additional resources.


If you are unable to upload supporting documentation, such as bills and estimates please email them to Jolene Aguilar at [email protected] or drop off a copy at Student Services.



The Paid Internship Program

SIPI’s Paid Internship Program provides students with paid internship opportunities during the trimester at SIPI.  Available internships will be posted by Student Services but positions are limited. Interviews will be conducted by SIPI Internship Coordinator and the Internship Site Supervisor. Most internships are off-campus but transportation or funds can be provided to the student. Please contact Jolene Aguilar at 505-346-2360 or via email at [email protected] once you see an internship post that you are interested in.



The Financial Literacy Training Program

Gradready is an online financial literacy training program that provides information on money management and budgeting through informational videos and online quizzes. SIPI's Gradready Site can be found at: