AISS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Where can I get information about scholarships?

A: The "Scholarships" drop-down link on the navigation bar above is a good place to start. The drop-down menu will display several choices: UNM for UNM-specific scholarships; Private for scholarships from organizations outside of the University; or Tribal for scholarships that are specific to students that are enrolled members of New Mexico tribes.

Q: Does AISS provide scholarships?

A: Yes. AISS offers American Indian Student Services General Scholarships to full-time students in good academic standing that have completed at least one semester of coursework at the UNM-Main Campus and are enrolled members of federally recognized tribes. The application deadline is May 15th annually and awardees are selected for the upcoming academic year. For example, completed applications received for the May 15, 2020 deadline cycle will result in award decisions for the 2020-2021 academic year. Access the application form & document requirements on the Scholarships link and the UNM scholarships listing.

Q: What is a Financial Needs Analysis (FNA)? How do I request one?

A: A special form requested by a tribal scholarship organization that provides details of a student's current financial aid status, awards, and unmet need. FNAs are processed by the UNM Financial Aid Office. 

Click here for details about how to request a Financial Needs Analysis (FNA). 

Q: What is a Degree Plan Checklist? How do I get one?

A: A Degree Plan Checklist is useful to review the courses and requirements remaining until graduation. Many scholarships organizations require a Degree Plan Checklist to ensure that you are making progress toward your selected degree.

Click here for details about how to complete a Degree Plan Checklist and to schedule an appointment with an AISS Advisor.

Q: What is the AISS Weekly Listserv Message?

A: The AISS Weekly Listserv Message is an information communications alert that includes registration/academic deadlines, current scholarship opportunities, job announcements, volunteer experiences, campus activities, and AISS social & cultural programming information. The message is sent out to members every Monday throughout the academic year.

Q: How do I sign up to receive the AISS Weekly Listserv Message?

A:  You will automatically be added to the Listserv membership when you complete a Data Sheet at the AISS Front Desk.

Q: How do I check my Financial Aid Status?

A: To check the status of your Financial Aid:

  • Login to with your UNM NetID and password.
  • Click Enter LoboWeb.
  • Select Financial Aid tab
    • Overall Status of Your Financial Aid - View Overall Status, Holds, Academic Progress, Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid Awards, and Messages for the selected School Year.
    • Eligibility Requirements - Review Financial Aid Holds (which may prevent payment of awards) Student Requirements, Requirements Messages, Academic Progress history.
    • Award Info Menu - Review Financial Aid Holds (which may prevent payment of awards) Student Requirements, Requirements Messages, Academic Progress history.

Q: How do I check my Student Account (Bursar)?

A: To check the status of your Student Account (Bursar):

  • Login to with your UNM NetID and password.
  • Click Enter LoboWeb
  • Then select the Student tab
    • Click the "Make Payments, Setup Direct Deposit, View Bill, Payment Plans, View Enrollment Cancellation Balance, etc."
    • Click the "BURSAR ACCOUNT SUITE" to view your student account (opens in new window).

Q: What is FAF$A-FOR-U?

A: FAF$A-FOR-U is a personalized step-by-step assistance & instruction available to any anyone completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that’s designed to ensure students meet the UNM annual Priority Filing Date. FAF$A-FOR-U events are FREE and take place at American Indian Student Services (1119 Mesa Vista Hall). Check for times and dates.

Q: Do I need to bring anything to a FAF$A-FOR-U session?

A: Come prepared with the following information & documents:

  • FSA IDs for parent and student
  • Completed Federal Tax Return(s) for parent(s) and student
    • For 2019-2020 academic year: Bring 2017 Tax Information
    • For 2020-2021 academic year: Bring 2018 Tax Information
  • Copies of W-2(s) for parent(s) and student

Q: What is an "Advisement Hold"?

A: An Advisement hold is typically applied to student’s account to ensure they meet with their respective College/Department Academic Advisor to review semester progress, and discuss/approve the following semester’s course schedule. Colleges & Departments may name their holds differently. To view holds:

  • Login to with your UNM NetID and password
  • Click "Enter LoboWeb"
  • Select the "Student" tab
  • Click "Registration  & Records"
  • Click "Registration (Add/Drop), Course Search, Check for Holds"
  • Enter the "Registration Portal"
  • Click "Check My Registration Status"
  • Select the appropriate term (i.e. Spring 2020) and click "Continue"
  • View your Registration Status for the selected term and any holds.

Students with an advisement hold must meet with their respective Department or College Advisor. For example, a student pursuing a degree in Biology must meet with an Advisor from the Biology Department or their designated College of Arts & Sciences Advisor.

Q: Can I get support from AISS if I am on Academic Probation?

If you are placed on probation by your degree granting college (e.g. College of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering, College of Education, etc.), AISS Advisors are available to provide support during your academic probation semester to discuss a strategy for a successful semester – including, but not limited to regular check-in meetings, study plan, and campus involvement. After a comprehensive discussion has been completed, AISS Advisors are able to endorse your Academic Probation documentation. Schedule an appointment with an AISS Advisor via LoboAchieve.

Q: What is Sidekicks?

A: The Sidekicks Program is a great way to connect with other American Indian students to build a community of support, develop campus connections, promote academic achievement, and participate in community service activities; through a variety of social events, workshops, and volunteer opportunities.

Q: What is the American Indian Summer Bridge (AISB) Program and how do I get involved?

A: The AISB Program is an elite scholars experience for incoming American Indian 1st-year students that have been admitted to UNM – Main Campus; who are an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe, and who meet designated SAT/ACT standardized test scores. This program is an intensive five-week residential program where students earn up to 8-credit hours toward their UNM undergraduate degree.

Through AISB, students can build valuable friendships and network with UNM Faculty and Staff. Students become academically prepared for college academics; participate in New Student Orientation; and establish a competitive grade point average (GPA). The AISB Program covers the cost of tuition, New Student Orientation, instruction, program housing, weekday meals, and planned social & cultural events (an estimated award of $6000).

For more information, please contact:
Daniel Begay
AISB Coordinator
MSC06 3800 - 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: (505) 277-6343