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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 NICC 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 NICC students, including:

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

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 NICC 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 NICC 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.

Applications and Procedures

All regular degree or certificate-seeking students at NICC 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 www.fafsa.ed.gov. NICC'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#.

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 good satisfactory standing each student must meet both of the following eligibility 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) of 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, IW, W, or I, is considered an unsuccessful grade.

NICC does not count the following grades as hours attempted:

    • Developmental Classes 
    • Repeated Courses 
    • Withdrawn Courses 
    • Incomplete Courses 

NICC does count the following grades as hour’s attempted and they are calculated into GPA:

    • Involuntarily Withdrawn Courses 
    • Grade of an “F” 

NICC 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 and the student’s advisor. Students not meeting minimum standards will be subject to Financial Aid Warning or Suspension.

Please refer to "ACADEMIC PROGRESS" located here for information about Financial Aid Warning, Suspension, Probation and regaining eligibility.

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 NICC 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 Financial Aid Office and the Academic Dean's Office.

Scholarships

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. http://www.collegefund.org/students_and_alumni/content/scholarships
  • High School Graduate Scholarships - NICC offers $ 500.00 scholarships to all current incoming High School Graduates who are Native American or Nebraska residents. This scholarship applies to the first year only and students must meet the following criteria:
    • Student must be enrolled in at least a half-time (6 hours) status per semester.
    • Nebraska Resident or member of a Federally Recognized tribe.
  • Senior Citizens/Elders Tuition Waiver - NICC 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 - NICC 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 - NICC offers several other scholarship opportunities including: 

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 - To be eligible for Federal PELL grants:

  1. Must enroll in a program of study leading to a degree or certificate. 
  2. Must be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Must have a high school diploma or complete a GED before receiving aid.
  5. Must be registered with selective service if male and 18 years or older. 
  6. Must demonstrate financial need.
  7. Must be making satisfactory progress if a continuing student.
  8. 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.

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.

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.

 

Payments of Awards

All required admission and financial aid documentation must be complete and on file before any financial aid can be disbursed. Each student's financial aid is credited to his or her 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 two disbursements, possibly three if attending the summer semester. Disbursements will occur after the census date, attendance is documented, and if the student is in good academic standing.

Quote of the Day

The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers, he belongs just as the buffalo belonged… - Luther Standing Bear