The American Indian Program Family of Scholarships
Determining Eligibility for Need-Based Aid
The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarship Services establishes a budget based on projections of what it will cost you to attend New Mexico State University for a year. Your resources will be subtracted from your budget. The amount of money that is not covered by your own resources is your need, sometimes referred to as your eligibility. In other words,
BUDGET – RESOURCES = ELIGIBILITY (NEED)
Many factors go into figuring a student’s resources when determining eligibility. Some elements in the calculation are the student’s savings, wage earnings and other sources of support (such as scholarships and veteran’s benefits), the income and assets of the student’s family, the number of family members and the number who are currently in college.
Many students receive a combination of different types of aid rather than just one kind. You may be given work-study, grant and loan money for the same year. If you qualify for multiple types of aid, your financial aid adviser at NMSU will assemble an aid package.
All of the American Indian Program Scholarships are a small, supplemental scholarship to help reduce the unmet financial need. The process of attaining the AIP Scholarships are based on many factors that include need as presented above, a 2.0 cumulative and previous semester GPA, a complete FAFSA on file with Financial Aid, and a complete profile on ScholarDollar$ for the academic year. Individual scholarships have other requirements, please view them below.
AIP First Time Scholarship
The American Indian Program First Time Scholarship (FTS) is for those students who are new to NMSU or new to utilizing the American Indian Program. This FTS scholarship, to help bridge students to achieve the AIP Scholarship which is based on participation. The FTS is a one-time only scholarship, to help supplement the needs of our new students to bring them into the community of the American Indian Program.
The American Indian Program Scholarship is for those students who are continuing students who are utilizing the American Indian Program. The AIP Scholarship is based on participation in the American Indian Program student organizations, programming, community events, workshops, and utilization of services. Students are nominated for this scholarship by AIP Staff and must meet the requirements above.
AIP Summer Scholarship
During the summer sessions, we are able to offer a small scholarship for the semester. The criteria for the scholarship is the same the AIP Scholarship as it comes to participation. To be considered for the AIP Summer Scholarship, please let us know if you will be taking summer classes and we will reference enrollment data to verify.
Application review process takes 2 – 3 weeks:
- Applications will be announced when the scholarship is available.
- Completely fill out the application, incomplete applications will not be accepted.
- Turn in your application before the deadline, late applications will not be accepted.
- Registering with Scholar Dollar$ is a part of the process.
- Notification will be sent via NMSU E-mail system. Be sure to check your NMSU E-mail account.
- Just as a reminder, submitting an application does not guarantee a scholarship award.
If you have questions or need more information regarding this scholarship, please feel free to contact the American Indian Program.