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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 located in the financial aid student computer lab (OT 185). Students interested in receiving financial aid from the following programs must apply directly with the appropriate agency:
Students must submit typed application to the SIPI financial aid office. Fillable application can be found at the bottom of this website.  For more information, please contact the financial aid office.
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.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program - 10/24/17 12pm EST
A transfer scholarship that is worth up to $40,000 a year! The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will award 45 scholarships in total.   To be considered for nomination, a student needs to submit a application on-line - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship program provides funding for tuition, room and board, required fees, and books for the remainder of the Scholar's undergraduate degree.   Awards can be for as much as $30,000 annually!

Minimum Eligibility:
-Be a current student at SIPI with sophomore status, OR a recent SIPI graduate not yet enrolled in a BA program (within the last five years)
-Have a cumulative college grade point average of 3.50 or better on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent)
-Plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to begin studies in the coming fall  


Udall Scholarship- DEADLINE 2/1/18
Students are encouraged to seek nomination for this prestigious $5000 scholarship in the spring of their last trimester. For more information, please go to the following link:


American Indian College Fund-TCU Scholarship - Spring deadline 1/24/18 4pm
Students are encouraged to apply on-line at Funding is available in for Fall and Spring trimesters only. Fall and spring application deadlines and eligibility details will be posted at the beginning of each trimester by the SIPI Financial Aid Office.


American Indian College Fund-Full Circle Scholarship - Annual Deadline May 31st
Students are encouraged to apply on-line at All eligibility and award decisions are made by the American Indian College Fund.


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).  


American Indian Student Services Scholarship -

American Indian Graduate Center -

American Indian Education Fund -

Association of American Indian Affairs -

Catching the Dream Scholarship -

Albuquerque Community Foundation Scholarship -


External Scholarship Database Links:

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 current class schedule,
  • 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: