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Spring Hours

Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tuesday: 8am - 5pm
Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 8am -5pm

1119 Mesa Vista Hall
MSC06 3800
1-University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: (505) 277-6343
Fax: (505) 277-0033

AISS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where can I get information about scholarships?

Go to the Scholarships tab on the AISS home page. On the Scholarships page, choose “Institutional” for UNM-specific scholarships, “Private” for scholarships that are from organizations outside of the University, or “Tribal” for scholarships that are specific to Native American students that are enrolled with New Mexico tribes.

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Does AISS provide scholarships?

Yes. AISS offers the American Indian General Scholarship to enrolled members of a federally recognized tribes that are in good academic standing, are enrolled as full-time students, and have completed at least one semester of coursework at the UNM-Main Campus. You can find the application on the AISS website, under the Scholarships tab and in the Institutional listing. (You can find other various scholarships listed under the Scholarships tab as well.)

What is a FNA? How do I get one?

Students that are interested in receiving funds from a Tribe or other external organizations must request that the Student Financial Aid Office complete a "Financial Needs Analysis" to be sent to the tribe or other organization to determine eligibility for aid. Students should check with their Tribe/organization to determine whether this form is required.

Before a FNA can be processed, the following requirements must be met:

  • FAFSA completed for aid year in question.
  • Completed Financial Aid File for aid year in question, please check LoboWeb.
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress.

To submit a FNA, do the following (or submit paper form to ONESTOP).

  • Visit
  • Click "Forms"
  • Click "Complete Online or Downloadable Forms for 2017-2018"
  • Find Financial Needs Analysis Request and click "Online"
  • Sign in with UNM NetID and password
  • Click "Financial Needs Analysis - Tribal Request Form"
  • Complete form and sign then "Submit"

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What is a Degree Plan? How do I get one?

A degree plan is useful to determine what degree requirements you must fulfill before graduation. Often a scholarship organization may request one to ensure that you are on track for graduation. By completing one, it will give a better idea of your estimated graduation date.

To request one, please set up an appointment to meet with an AISS Advisor by calling 505.277.6343, logging into LoboAchieve for current UNM students, or by coming into AISS and speaking with someone at the Front Desk. You will need to provide your email address so that an electronic degree plan template can be sent to you. You will receive instructions on how to fill out this initial draft. Please email the draft degree plan to your Advisor prior to the appointment. You and the Advisor will review the degree plan you created to ensure that you are meeting all of your requirements.

You may also request the degree plan from your Department Academic Advisor and work with them on ensuring that you are meeting the requirements for graduation.

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How do I get involved with a Student Organization?

Go to, click on the Student Organizations tab on the AISS home page, and find a list of 13 American Indian Student Organizations and clubs. There are also over 300 UNM Student Organizations that can be found on the UNM Student Activities website. Visit the STUDENT ACTIVITIES CENTER to get more information, join or charter a student group, and find out what's happening on campus. In addition, meeting dates, time, and location often noted on AISS Weekly Listserv.

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Why is it important to sign-in at the AISS Front Desk kiosk?

Signing in allows AISS to assess the type(s) of services students utilize most to ensure the best ways to meet student needs. It also establishes a consistent connection with AISS.

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How do I get added to the AISS weekly list-serv?

Ask an AISS Staff member at the Front Desk for a Data Sheet. Just fill it out and return it to the Front Desk attendant.

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How do I check my Financial Aid Status/Student Account?

Financial Aid:

  • Use your UNM User ID to login to
  • Then select the “Student Life” tab.
  • Click “Enter LoboWeb”. 
  • Select the “Financial Aid” tab
    • “Overall Status of Your Financial Aid” allows you to view Overall Status, Holds, Academic Progress, Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid Awards, and Messages for the selected School Year.
    • “Eligibility Requirements” allows you to Review Financial Aid Holds (which may prevent payment of awards) Student Requirements, Requirements Messages, Academic Progress history.
    • “Award Info Menu” allows you to Review Financial Aid Holds (which may prevent payment of awards) Student Requirements, Requirements Messages, Academic Progress history.

Student Account: Use your UNM User ID to login to Then select the “Student” tab and click “Enter LoboWeb”.  Select the “Financial Aid” tab. Click the “Make Payments, View Bill, Setup eRefunds, Installment Plans, etc.” link.  Click the “BURSAR ACCOUNT SUITE” view your student account (opens in new window).

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What is FAFSA-FOR-U?

FAFSA-FOR-U is a special program presented by American Indian Student Services to provide personalized assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to ensure students meet the January 6th UNM Priority Filing Deadline and to gain eligibility to apply for tribal funding. This event is FREE and open to anyone that needs help with their FAFSA.

The FREE drop-in workshops will be held in November, December and January in AISS (1119 Mesa Vista Hall). Please keep checking for times and dates.

Come prepared and bring the following:

  • FSA ID for parent and student
  • Completed Federal Tax Return for parent(s) and student
  • Copies of W-2(s) for parent and student

Please visit the AISS website in October for more information.

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What is a "Mandatory Freshman Advisement Hold" & "Mandatory Pre-Major Advisement Hold"?

A Mandatory Freshman Advisement hold is applied to all freshman to ensure they meet with their respective College/Department Advisor to review semester’s progress and approve the next semester’s schedule.

A student with this hold must visit their respective Department or College Advisor. For example, a student who is looking to pursue a degree in Biology, must meet an advisor from the Biology Department or their designated College of Arts & Sciences advisor.

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Can an AISS Advisor sign my Academic Probation Contract?

Before signing an Academic Probation Contract, an AISS Academic Advisor will first meet with the student via an appointment to review and discuss the circumstances related to probation. Second, the student will also plan and identify resources that can be utilized to help the student succeed. Third, the Advisor will review the student's proposed class schedule for the probation semester. Fourth, the student and advisor will discuss follow-up appointments. After all four steps have been completed, the AISS Advisor will sign the Academic Probation Contract. To set up an appointment to meet with an AISS Advisor, please call AISS at 505.277.6343 or visit

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What is Sidekicks?

Sidekicks is an American Indian Student Services Mentorship Program created to encourage the growth and development of UNM American Indian Students and ensure the progress toward successfully completing their educational goals and a smooth transition to their respective careers.

Participants in the program are paired in teams based on their preferences and class status. Teams have the opportunity to participate in various academic enrichment & professional development activities, service projects, and socials to earn points. The top two teams at the end of the academic year that have accumulated the most points will earn a special scholarship.

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

The AISB Program is an elite scholars experience for incoming American Indian 1st-year freshmen who have been admitted to UNM – Main Campus; who are an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe, and who have a minimum ACT score of 19 in English and Math. This program is an intensive four-week residential program where students earn 8 credit hours towards their UNM degree.

Through AISB, students can build valuable friendships and network with UNM Faculty and Staff; students become academically prepared for college academics; participate in LOBOrientation free of charge; and establish a competitive GPA. The AISB program covers the cost of tuition, instruction, room, weekday meals, LOBOrientation, and planned social & cultural events (an estimated award of $4000).

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

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