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Masks Required Indoors on Campus Starting 5/30/2022


USDA expands SNAP benefits to help students. Please go to link below for more information and eligibility.
Low-cost internet and laptops are available for low-income and Pell-eligible families. For more information, visit the Comcast website
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Students are encouraged to initiate independent research for other scholarship assistance to supplement their expenses. Some resources are available on this webpage below. Students interested in receiving financial aid from the following programs must apply directly with the appropriate agency:
SIPI Administered Scholarships


American Indian College Fund-TCU Scholarship - TBA

Students must apply online at Awards are for the fall and spring term ONLY. Please be prepared to upload a digital copy of your most recent academic transcript, Certification of Tribal Enrollment, and photo (headshot). The application includes essay components which we recommend you complete in a separate word document and then cut & paste into the application. For AICF TCU scholarship instructions and tips, visit their website


SIPI Board of Regents Emergency Fund

Currently enrolled students who find themselves in dire need of financial support in order to manage an unexpected situation that may cause them to quit school are encouraged to apply. A paper application can be found at the SIPI Board of Regents office (OT 142B) or SIPI Financial Aid Office (OT 143/174) or Jolene Aguilar 505-346-2360.


The Johnson Scholarship, funded by the Johnson Foundation -  Rolling Deadline. Future Entrepreneur Scholarship for students enrolled in the Business & Accounting degree/certificate programs. This award ranges from $500-$6000 dollars. You must submit a  21-22 FAFSA to be considered. There is no application, all students enrolled in Business & Accounting degree/certificate programs, who submit a 21-22 FAFSA  will be considered until funds are depleted. Awarded in the financial aid office. 


SIPI New Student Scholar Award - This renewable scholarship is for first-time SIPI students who are committed to their academic success. All new or transfer students will be considered for this scholarship by the admissions staff.  No separate application is required. This scholarship will waive student fees for full-time, residential or commuter students, including meal plans. To be considered:


  • Please complete your SIPI application by the regular fall, spring or summer deadline.
  • Be a First Time SIPI freshman or transfer student
  • Have a 3.0 high school or college transfer GPA
  • Be enrolled full-time at SIPI
This scholarship will automatically renew if the student remains continuously enrolled at SIPI, maintains Satisfactory Academic Performance by enrolling in and working towards a degree or certificate program, and receives no Student Code of Conduct violations.
NM Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship Program (NMPASP) -  Rolling Deadline. Awards range from $100 to $6000 based on need. Eligibility:
  • Enrolled in Early Childhood Education Certificate or Degree program
  • Enrolled in at least 6 cr. hrs.
  • Be a NM resident
  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
There is NO APPLICATION, all Early Childhood Education students who submit a FAFSA will be considered. Awards are made in the financial aid office. 
NM Grown Your Own Teachers scholarship (NMGYOT) -  Rolling Deadline. Awards range from $100 to $6000 based on need. Eligibility:
  • Enrolled in Early Childhood Education Certificate or Degree program
  • Enrolled in at least 6 cr. hrs.
  • Be a NM resident
  • Employed as an Educational Assistant for 2+ years
  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Application can be found at the bottom of this webpage or by emailing the financial aid office at [email protected] 
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Cobell Scholarship- March 31, 2022 for the 22-23 academic year, May 30, 2022 for vocational/trade programs during the academic year, May 3, 2022 for summer applications. 

Both Merit-based and Need-based, the competitive Cobell Scholarship is annual, non-renewable, and available to any post-secondary (after high school) student who is; an enrolled member of a US Federally-Recognized Tribe, enrolled in full-time study and is degree-seeking. Applicants must plan to attend or be attending any nationally, regionally and industry accredited non-profit, public and private, institution. For application and information please see


American Indian College Fund-Full Circle Scholarship - May 31, 2022

Students must apply online at Awards are for the fall and spring term. Please be prepared to upload a digital copy of your most recent academic transcript, Certification of Tribal Enrollment, and photo (headshot). The application includes essay components which we recommend you complete in a separate word document and then cut & paste into the application. For AICF TCU scholarship instructions and tips, visit their website


Virtual Tribal Colleges & Universities Event Destination DOI: Roadmap to a Career at the Department of the Interior - April 6-7, 2022

The event will be held from 12pm-4:30pm EST. To register, go to "At DOI There is a Space and Place for you. #JoinInterior"


Virtual Medical School Pre-Admission Workshop - April 2, 16,& 23, 2022

If you are considering applying to medical school in the southwest, attend this free virtual workshop that will help you navigate the admission process in 3 sessions. To register got to Please see flyer at bottom of web page. 


Laguna Emergency Rental Assistance -

Laguna Housing Development and Management Enterprise has received funds from the U.S. Department of Treasury to help our tribal members that have been financially affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Assistance is available for rent, relocation, deposits, late fees, utility bills, other housing costs such as hotel/motel costs. All payments will be made directly to the Landlord/provider. To apply please see flyer, application and informational letter at the bottom of web page, or visit  


Early Childhood Education and Care Department Scholarship (ECECD) -  Rolling Deadline. Awards pay for Tuition, Fees and Books. Eligibility:
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Enrolled in Early Childhood Education Certificate or Degree program
  • Enrolled in at least 6 cr. hrs.
  • Work a minimum of 20hrs per week in a childcare position
To connect call 505-224-3232 or email [email protected]. Apply online at

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 the FAO to complete a financial needs analysis to respective BIA/Tribal Higher Education Offices. See link for more information


American Indian Student Services Scholarship - Four Deadlines 2/1/2022, 4/1/2022, 6/1/2022, & 10/2/2021. For more info:


American Indian Education Fund (AIEF) - Deadline 4/2022

Applications submitted by eligible Native American students each spring are reviewed by a scholarship committee, who awards the competitive grants. Up to $2,000 per year is paid directly to each recipient’s college or university***. Grantees must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 and submit grades to us each semester. For more information


Albuquerque Community Foundation Scholarship -


NM Gas Native American Scholarship Program -


Baron and Budd Attorneys Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarships


CDC Intern and Fellowship Minority programs

Comar Scholarship - 5pm one week before the term starts 
The scholarship provides for payment of tuition, books, supplies, and equipment expenditures, including tools and/or uniforms. The scholarship is designed to assist persons with mental health disabilities to fulfill their academic potential at any institution of higher education in New Mexico. For more info, go to
SMA STEM Scholarship -
Souder, Miller & Associates offers a $1,500 scholarship opportunity to Native American students pursuing a four-year degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. The scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, books or on-campus housing/meals. Automatic approval for up to a maximum of four academic years is at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. For more info, go to
LNESC Emergency Scholarship Fund - Rolling Deadline
Scholarship is open to students facing economic hardship, such as change in family income/support, loss of job, death of an immediate family member, natural disaster, pending eviction or home foreclosure, burglary or fire. Applicant must be a resident of California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, or Texas and enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 GPA. For more info:
National Congress of American Indians Internship/Fellowship - TBA
NCAI offers fellowships and internships to provide an opportunity for young leaders from across Indian Country to serve on the front lines of legislative action and policy development. All fellows and interns are selected through an application and interview process. For more info:
New Zealand ThinkNew Study Abroad Scholarship - Multiple Deadlines
Students can apply to win a $15,000 study abroad scholarship to a New Zealand University! Learn more and apply at!
TCJ Student Cover Art & Film contest - 4/10/22 DEADLIN
TCJ Student has extended the deadline for its annual art and film contest. The new deadline is on April 10, 2022. Top entries will appear in the 2022 edition of TCJ Student and/or online at The winning entry in the art contest will appear on the cover of the magazine and the artist will receive a cash gift card. The winning entry in the film contest will earn a $1,000 cash prize and an all-expense paid trip to the Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival in Richmond, Virginia where their film will be presented to hundreds of festival goers from all over the world.
Most importantly, this is a great way to celebrate and showcase tribal college student artwork and film--all TCU students are encouraged to submit. Students can easily enter online here or by emailing [email protected]
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These scholarships are for graduating & transferring SIPI students due to scholarship requirements. Review eligibility requirements carefully.
CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service - Various Deadlines
CyberCorps (R): Scholarship For Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that may fully fund the typical costs incurred by full-time students while attending a participating institution (University of New Mexico is a participating institution. Please see website for more institutions), including tuition and education and related fees. Additionally, participants receive stipends of $22,500 for undergraduate students and $34,000 for graduate students. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation.
Catching the Dream - Deadlines 3/15, 4/30, 9/18
They provide scholarship funds for students who demonstrate academic achievement, clearly defined goals, leadership, the determination to succeed, and the desire to return to their communities and help others realize their dreams. Students must attend a college or university on a full-time basis, seeking a BA or higher. Catching the Dream scholarships are awarded for life. However, if you are not selected for scholarship with CTD, you cannot apply again. For more info
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Veterans Administration

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: Eligible students will then need to:

  • contact the SIPI certifying official,
  • submit signed Program of Study with current classes listed
  • DD-214 and Military Transcript
  • certificate of eligibility,
  • and transcripts from previous colleges (transferability must be reviewed by academic advisor).

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:


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: 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: