Financial Aid

Financial Aid Policy & Programs

The Nebraska Indian Community College believes that the opportunity for a college education should be within the reach of all interested individuals. The College's financial aid program is designed to assist the student who seeks an education but lacks the means to finance it. One purpose of the Financial Aid Office is to assist students who have a financial need to acquire resources to fund their education.

All students who are accepted to pg电子app下载 and apply for financial aid will be considered for financial aid regardless of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Students awarded financial aid must make satisfactory progress to continue their eligibility and have documented attendance in all registered classes. Assistance in completing the financial aid application process is available through your local advisor.

There are several types of financial aid available to pg电子app下载 students, including:

  • Federal Pell Grants 
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants 
  • Federal Work Study, campus-based scholarships 
  • outside/private scholarships. 

Nebraska Indian Community College's school code for the FAFSA is 015339.

ACT College Code:  7953

Certain persons may qualify for special forms of financial aid, such as vocational rehabilitation, veteran's benefits, Bureau of Indian Affairs Higher Education Grants (FAFSA must be completed and strict deadlines) and Adult Vocational Training, and the Workforce Development Act funding. Early application for all financial aid funding sources is strongly encouraged. A preferred date of 30 days prior to the start of attendance is suggested.

All grant and scholarship awards will be credited to student accounts to cover items such as tuition, and fees. If student aid exceeds the educational expense, the excess amount will be refunded to the student according to the pg电子app下载 financial aid disbursement schedule up to the maximum cost of attendance. Grant and scholarship funds are designed to cover only your educational expense.

 

Financial Aid Office

The pg电子app下载 Financial Aid Office is the official institutional depository for student financial aid records. Financial aid information and applications are available through this office. The Financial Aid Office works with students, parents, and counselors to determine eligibility for one or a combination of several kinds of financial aid assistance to help meet the cost of education.

 

FAFSA Applications and Procedures

All regular degree or certificate-seeking students at pg电子app下载 who are interested in financial aid assistance or scholarships must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before registering for classes. The FAFSA form is at FAFSA® Application | Federal Student Aid. pg电子app下载's school code for the FAFSA is 015339. You will sign this online application with a pin # and if you are a dependent student your parent or guardian will need to sign using their own pin#.

For the first time, the new MyStudentAid mobile app makes it possible for you to complete the FAFSA on your phone or tablet. You can download the app for your Apple or Android device.

The application should be completed only after parents and/or students have filed federal income taxes. Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible using accurate actual figures from your income tax forms (1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ forms). If you do not have a copy of your tax return you can use the link on www.fafsa.ed.gov to access your tax information. If you have not filed Federal Tax Returns please consult the Financial Aid office or your AAR staff.

This application will determine how much you and your family should be able to contribute toward your college costs and will demonstrate eligibility for federal aid programs, Tribal higher education, and campus based scholarships. Processing of the FAFSA application takes seven to ten days once all Pin #’s (signatures) are submitted.

Students will be considered for all types of federal, state, or institutional grants some funds are on a first-come, first-served basis so apply as early as possible. For additional information regarding financial aid, scholarship opportunities, and policies contact the Financial Aid Office or your local advisor.

IRS Form 4506-T Request for Transcript of Tax Return http://www.irs.gov/uac/About-Form-4506T 

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal regulations require that institutions participating in federal financial aid programs measure student progress. No payment of funds may be made unless the institution determines that the student is maintaining satisfactory progress in the course of studies he/she is pursuing, according to the standards and practices of the institution at which the student is in attendance. At the end of each term all students will be evaluated for satisfactory academic progress.

To be in satisfactory standing each student must meet the Qualitative, Quantitative, and Funding Limit criteria.

CRITERIA 1: Grade Point Requirements (Qualitative)
Each student who receives Federal financial aid must have at least a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) as defined by their attempted credit hours:
Freshman: A student who has attempted 0 to 15 credits – CGPA Required 1.5
Freshman 2: A student who has attempted 16 to 30 credits – CGPA required 1.75
Sophomore: A student who has attempted 31 or more credits – CGPA required 2.0

CRITERIA 2: Course Completion Requirements (Quantitative)
The student is eligible for financial aid when they successfully earn with a passing grade of A, B, C, D, or P at least 67% of the cumulative attempted credit hours per term. A grade of F, UW, W, or I, is considered an unsuccessful grade.

pg电子app下载 does count the following grades as hours attempted and they are calculated into CGPA:
● Unofficially Withdrawn Courses (UW)
● Grade of an “F”

pg电子app下载 does not count the following classes as attempted or earned.
● Audited classes

Student’s Quantitative progress will be calculated as Cumulative Earned Credit/Cumulative Attempted Credit. For example: A student attempting 12 credit hours in a term and successfully completing 6 will not be meeting Criteria 2 requirements.

Students who fail to meet these standards are deemed to be making unsatisfactory progress and Financial Aid assistance will be affected. Students will be notified in writing of their condition from the Financial Aid Office. Copies will also be provided to the Academic Dean, the Registrar and the student’s Faculty advisor. Students not meeting minimum standards will be subject to Financial Aid Warning or Suspension.

Financial Aid Warning, Suspension, Probation, Academic Plan, and Regaining Eligibility are defined under Academic Progress.

It is the student's responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office when he/she has met the satisfactory academic progress requirements for reinstatement. Students will be notified in writing if they are being placed on financial aid warning or suspension.

 

Financial Aid Funding Limit

All federal financial aid eligibility is limited to 150% of the published length of the institution's educational programs. Therefore, the funding limit for students enrolled at pg电子app下载 will be assessed on an individual basis according to the declared program in regards to attempted credits. Beyond this funding limit, students will be expected to continue classes at their own expense. Course work transferred from another institution will be calculated in the cumulative total of the 150%. Appeals for exceptions may be made through the Student Scholastic Committee (Academic Dean, Dean of Student Services, Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Billing and an appointed Faculty member).

 

Scholarships

The Nebraska Indian Community College offers several scholarships established by private organizations and individuals. The criteria and award amounts vary with each scholarship.

Applications for the following scholarships are available from the Financial Aid Office or campus Advisors.

  • American Indian College Fund - The American Indian College Fund provides assistance to learners who demonstrate high scholastic achievement. These scholarships may be awarded to any student who has demonstrated high academic achievement, and has unmet financial need. A portion of this scholarship may be awarded to non-Native students.
  • Beam Emergency Funding

    Get Help for Life's Unexpected Emergencies. We understand life can be unpredictable. Unexpected costs and needs can cause significant stress and impact your academic success and personal well-being. pg电子app下载 has a student emergency fund to help keep you on track to reach your academic and career goals.

    The Beam Emergency Aid can help you with unanticipated financial emergencies such as car payments, car repairs, car insurance, rent for housing, utilities, and medical and dental. 

    Students must meet these requirements to be eligible: Approve academic standing or approved probation with an academic plan, verify degree-seeking, verify enrollment in the current term, verify completed FAFSA and verification. 
  • High School Graduate Success Scholarship - pg电子app下载 offers scholarships to all incoming High School Graduates who are enrolled Native American (descendancy proof also allowed) or Nebraska residents. This scholarship applies to the entire time that the student is enrolled in a degree seeking program so long as the student persists from fall to spring and following fall and spring terms.
  • Student must be enrolled within 9 months of their high school graduation date or completion of their final general education diploma.
  • Full time students (at least 12 credits) will be eligible for $1000.00 annually o Students must be enrolled every fall and spring semester until they graduate from pg电子app下载.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 CGPA.  Starting the second enrolled term students will be required to maintain good academic standing.
  • Nebraska resident or member of a Federally Recognized tribe or show descendancy by providing a birth certificate and parent enrollment (talk to the Registrar’s office for additional questions).
  • Students will not be required to demonstrate need for financial aid.
  • High School Graduate Scholarship for less than full time or students that do not meet enrollment or residence requirements High School Graduates not attending full time will receive a $500.00 scholarship the first year of enrollment.
  • Student must be enrolled within 9 months of their high school graduation date or completion of their final general education diploma.
  • Students will not be required to demonstrate need for financial aid.
  • Senior Citizens/Elders Tuition Waiver - pg电子app下载 offers non-refundable tuition waivers for citizens 55 years of age or older as of the first day of the semester enrolled. Qualifying senior citizens will be charged for fees associated with admission, and registration. Tuition-paying students have priority over senior citizens if the course reaches capacity. 
  • Summer Tuition Waiver - pg电子app下载 offers non-refundable tuition waivers for summer semester when students successfully complete their course work. Students are required to seek all Financial Aid possibilities prior to receiving this waiver. Once the summer term is complete the student should complete the form and submit a copy of their grades with it to the Business Office/Student Billing. 
  • Other Scholarships - pg电子app下载 offers several other scholarship opportunities including: 
  • AIHEC Student of The Year Scholarship - request an application from your campus Student Support.
  • American Indian Student Scholarship opportunities
  • BRAN (Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska) Scholarship 
  • Coca Cola Scholarships - The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 33rd class in 2021, the Foundation has provided over 6,450 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $75 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. 
  • Derm Review's Education Scholarship Programme - The successful applicant will receive $2,000 which can be used towards the course and tuition fees as well as training, books, and other educational materials, devices, and software. In order to ensure that the successful applicant can get the most from their prize, the recipient will be able to choose how they use their Derm Review Education Scholarship.
  • ScholarshipQuest - This free database contains over 2,000 Nebraska-based scholarships.
  • NASA scholarship - NASA Nebraska Space Grant is part of NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.  We are one of 52 Space Grant Consortiums in the United States and have been successfully promoting aerospace-related activities within the state since 1991.
  • United States Coast Guard College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (Scholarship Program) CSPI is a program designed for motivated individuals who demonstrate a high caliber of academic and leadership excellence and who desire to serve their country in the United States Coast Guard.
  • The Recovery Village Health Care ScholarshipThe Recovery Village is dedicated to maintaining exceptional service while providing unique opportunities for education and personal development. As part of this commitment, The Recovery Village is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students pursuing a medical-related course of study.
  • Chief Standing Bear Scholarship - The Chief Standing Bear Scholarship was created in 2017 to support post-secondary education for American Indian students enrolled in a tribe and able to provide proof of tribal affiliation. The story of Ponca Chief Standing Bear’s struggle is one of perseverance and triumph over adversity. Chief Standing Bear’s exemplary traits can be admired and modeled by current day American Indian youth.
  • AffordableColleges.com believe in education’s intrinsic value and the right of everyone to pursue a degree. We created our site as a free resource to help everyone address the costs of an education in a way that works for them. There is a path to a reasonably priced higher education.
  • Scholarship America DreamkeepersNebraska Indian Community College'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.
  • Financial Aid Programs for Military and Veterans - For decades, the military has helped active-duty service members, reserves, national guardsmen, and veterans attend school by offering educational assistance. The Montgomery GI bill® provides a monthly stipend to service members pursuing higher education or training, and service members can receive these benefits for up to 36 months.

 

Students are encouraged to complete an on-going Internet search for the hundreds of college scholarships available throughout the year. Students must understand that applying for a scholarship does not necessarily mean the student will receive the scholarship. All scholarships are competitive and are, in most cases, tied to a high grade point average and/or unmet need. All scholarship deadlines are strictly maintained. Most scholarships require a written essay, photo, or other documentation by the applicant.

 

Types of Financial Aid Assistance

FEDERAL PROGRAM
● Federal PELL grant
● Federal Work Study (FWS)
● Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
● Must enroll in a program of study leading to a degree or certificate
● Must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
● Must not be in default on a student loan or owe a refund on a grant previously received from any college. If you need assistance with this process contact your Financial Aid Director.
● Must have a high school diploma or complete a GED before receiving aid.
● Must be registered with selective service if male and 18 years or older
● Must demonstrate financial need
● Must be making satisfactory progress if a continuing student
● Must complete and submit a FAFSA.

The award amount is based on cost of attendance, enrollment status, prior year's income, and length of enrollment during the academic year. Students are required to be in good standing in their classes. Nebraska Indian Community College does not offer Federal Direct Loans.

TRIBAL PROGRAMS
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Higher Education grant programs provide financial assistance to American Indian students, who are enrolled members of federally recognized tribes. Students interested in applying for BIA Higher Education grants or Adult Vocational Education grants must contact their Tribe's higher education program for application procedures and deadlines.

In order to complete the application process for Tribal grants, students must have completed a FAFSA. Deadlines for these programs vary for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters or sessions. Check with your enrolled agency for exact deadlines. BIA funding is limited, so apply early.

SCHOLARSHIPS
The Nebraska Indian Community College offers several scholarships established by private organizations and individuals. The criteria and award amounts vary with each scholarship.
Applications for the following scholarships are available from the Financial Aid Office or campus Advisors.

American Indian College Fund (AICF)
The American Indian College Fund provides assistance to learners who demonstrate high scholastic achievement. These scholarships may be awarded to any student who has demonstrated high academic achievement, and has unmet financial need. A portion of this scholarship may be awarded to non-Native students.

High School Graduate Success Scholarship

pg电子app下载 offers scholarships to all incoming High School Graduates who are enrolled Native
American (descendancy proof also allowed) or Nebraska residents. This scholarship applies
to the entire time that the student is enrolled in a degree seeking program so long as the
student persists from fall to spring and following fall and spring terms.

  • Student must be enrolled within 9 months of their high school graduation date or completion of their final general education diploma.
  • Full time students (at least 12 credits) will be eligible for $1000.00 annually
  • Students must be enrolled every fall and spring semester until they graduate from pg电子app下载.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 CGPA
  • Starting the second enrolled term students will be required to maintain good academic standing.
  • Nebraska resident or member of a Federally Recognized tribe or show descendancy by providing a birth certificate and parent enrollment (talk to the Registrar’s office for additional questions).
  • Students will not be required to demonstrate need for financial aid.


High School Graduate Scholarship for less than full time or students that do not meet enrollment or residence requirements

High School Graduates not attending full time will receive a $500.00 scholarship the first year of enrollment.

  • Student must be enrolled within 9 months of their high school graduation date or completion of their final general education diploma.
  • Students will not be required to demonstrate need for financial aid.

Senior Citizens/Elders Tuition Waiver
pg电子app下载 offers non-refundable tuition waivers for citizens 55 years of age or older as of the first day of the semester enrolled. Qualifying senior citizens will be charged for fees associated with student services. Tuition-paying students have priority over senior citizens if the course reaches capacity.

Summer Tuition Waiver
pg电子app下载 offers non-refundable tuition waivers for summer semester when students successfully complete their course work. Students are required to seek all Financial Aid possibilities prior to receiving this waiver. Waivers for summer should be submitted at the beginning of the term.

Other Scholarships
pg电子app下载 offers several other scholarship opportunities including:
● AIHEC Student of The Year Scholarship
● BRAN Scholarship
● Coca Cola Scholarships
● EDUQuest Scholarship
● NASA scholarship
● Students are encouraged to complete an on-going Internet search for the hundreds of college scholarships available throughout the year.

Students must understand that applying for a scholarship does not necessarily mean the student will receive the scholarship. All scholarships are competitive and are, in most cases, tied to a high grade point average, good attendance, and/or unmet need. All scholarship deadlines are strictly maintained. Most scholarships require a written essay, photo, or other documentation by the applicant.

 

Payment of Financial Aid Awards

All required admission and financial aid documentation must be complete and on file before any financial aid can be awarded. Each student's financial aid is credited to their student account in the Business Office in the order received. All institutional charges, including tuition, fees, books, materials, and supplies are deducted from the financial aid award(s). If a student's financial aid exceeds institutional charges, the student will receive a refund. College students will receive their financial aid in up to two disbursements per term. Federal funds will be disbursed the sixth week and throughout the term with attendance and academic standing documentation. Students identified as “no shows” and excessive absenteeism in the first four weeks will have their financial aid held until progress is reviewed at mid-term. Non-federal funds will be disbursed during/after the 10th week. No funds will be awarded until they are received from the awarding agency.

Students, who withdraw from all of their courses or stop attending during a term, will have their award recalculated as directed by Title IV requirements, usually referred to as R2T4. This calculation is done by the Financial Aid Director and the funds are returned. Students may also have scholarship monies reduced if they have not met criteria of the scholarship.

 

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