10 Frequently Asked Questions
- Have you received my documents? For all students who apply after January 15, 2012, AIGC now utilizes an online application system that includes the ability to upload most required documents. Students who have received funding prior to January 15, 2012 will need to email all documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please request a “read receipt” from your mail system to receive verification that AIGC has received your documents. The Financial Need Form and the Tribal Eligibility Form must be mailed directly to AIGC from the reporting agency. Due to the high volume of documents coming into the system, AIGC will only verify receipt via telephone 5 days after it has been received. This is to provide staff amply time to process the documents. If your document is not acceptable, you will receive an email from email@example.com.
- I just found out I have Native blood, how do I find out if I can qualify for your program? To qualify for AIGC funding, please refer to the specific application of interest for the eligibility criteria; For most of our programs, recipients must be enrolled in a U.S. federally-recognized tribe (and in some cases prove descent or ¼ combined federally recognized blood); Please contact your tribal enrollment office for the proper procedure and required documentation to enroll in the tribe; Once you have completed this process, you may request a Tribal Eligibility Certificate form from AIGC for completion by your tribal enrollment specialist.
- Do you have any programs for someone who has already started college, but doesn’t have enough money to finish? At this time AIGC has limited resources for current undergraduate students; however, visit the “Other Scholarship Resources” portion of our web site to find alternate sources for funding, which may be available.
- What kind of scholarships (fellowships) do you have? AIGC funds students in many different ways; Applicants who have completed high school or GED programs should review the eligibility criteria for the Accenture and/or Gates Millennium Scholars program; incoming and current graduate students should refer to the Graduate Student pages; The criteria is different for each funding source (loan for service, Accenture, Wells Fargo, etc.); please review each associated information page for full program information.
- I missed the deadline, what do I do? Due to limited funding sources and a six month open application period, AIGC does not accommodate late submissions; Please refer to our website in mid-January each year for open applications. For applicants who have started the application process but are having troubles acquiring documents; and remain in contact with AIGC during the application process, the Director for Graduate Fellowships and Special Programs will accept late-completion appeals.
- Can I fax my Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC) and/or Financial Needs Form (FNF)? FNFs may be faxed or scanned and emailed (preferred); however, the original TEC must be mailed within one week to complete a file. Without exception, no late TEC or FNF will be accepted; however, revisions will be accepted ongoing.
- Does AIGC only fund Native Americans? We fund American Indian and Alaska Natives who are enrolled in U.S. federally-recognized tribes and in some cases, state recognized tribes. Individuals who can verify 1/4 American Indian or Alaska Native lineage from federally recognized tribes are also eligible for funding through AIGC.
- When can I apply for a fellowship? Applications are available in January of each year and earlier in some cases; The deadline for receiving applications varies by opportunity, with supporting documents due the first Friday following Independence Day each year.
- What are your requirements? Privately-funded fellowships may have different requirements than those of the basic AIGC fellowship; If you have a particular fellowship in mind, please refer to the AIGC web site for the specific requirements. The AIGC Online Application System will match applicants with opportunities based on responses in the General Application. For full application instructions visit the Online Applications and Instructions page of the website.
- School is about to begin and they haven’t received the check yet; what do I do? AIGC operates from several funding sources that may disperse to us at irregular intervals; As difficult as it may seem to do, please be patient; AIGC always notifies offices of financial aid of student awards to alleviate late fees associated with late funds arrival from AIGC; Our staff works very hard to get checks disbursed to financial aid offices as soon as funds arrive to us; It is our intent to provide scholarships at the beginning of each term to assure you a smooth start to each semester; You may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office and, if the paperwork has been processed (please refer to #1), we may be able to tell you when a check will be mailed, but that is not always the case; Staff cannot provide award decisions over the phone.
- What if I fail a class or fall below full-time status? AIGC does not pay to retake classes; therefore, it is in a student’s best interest to work with their adviser early in the semester to assure a passing grade or to drop the class. In either case, students are placed on one term probation, receive the next term’s funds but must complete a full-time load with passing grades to receive continued funding. This remains true for all AIGC opportunities.
- AIGC helped me with my Master’s degree, but I need another Master’s degree. How much assistance is there for a second Master’s? None. Due to limited availability of funds, AIGC only funds one degree level per student. If AIGC did not assist with the first Master’s, it is possible to receive assistance for your second Master’s.
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