Isleta Higher Education

Higher Education

The Pueblo of Isleta (POI) Department of Education provides a variety of higher education support services to POI enrolled members. Support services include finding and applying to vocational schools, colleges and acquiring outside scholarships. In addition, we provide support with career advisement to include resume building, cover letters and interviewing techniques. The POI Department of Education also provides supplemental funding to support you in obtaining your post-secondary degree.

On this page find: Announcements, Scholarship Application, FAFSA, Request to schedule an appointment, Scholarship Opportunities, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the scholarships.

You may also find our forms using the forms/links tab to include the course verification form and financial needs analysis.

Scholarship Applications

Click here or use the following link to access the Department of Education Higher Education Scholarship Application.

Supporting Documents for the Scholarship Form

Click here or use the following link to access the Department of Education form to upload required supporting documents for your application.


Before each year of college, apply for federal grants, work-study, and loans with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. Your college uses your FAFSA data to determine your federal aid eligibility. Many states and colleges use FAFSA data to award their own aid. After submission, you’ll receive your Student Aid Report.

Learn more about the FAFSA here

To begin the FAFSA application process, click here or visit:



FAQs for Scholarships

We receive a number of questions regarding eligibility for our Pueblo of Isleta Higher Education Scholarship. Please review the following information or the online application instructions for full information about our scholarship. Due to a high volume of calls, staff may not be able to respond to your question(s) immediately. In the meantime, please review the following FAQ’s, descriptions or the application

Am I eligible?

We are not able to determine eligibility without a completed application. In order to apply you must be an enrolled Pueblo of Isleta Tribal Member as indicated on your Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB).

Is my school eligible for funding?

We are not able to determine eligibility without a completed application. Your school must be an accredited Institution/University.

How much is the scholarship?

Undergraduate part time students (6-11 credit hours) or Graduate part time students (6 hours) may receive a maximum award of $4000.00. Full time Undergraduate students (12+ hours) or full time Graduate students (9+ hours) may receive a maximum of $9946.00. We strongly encourage you to apply for other scholarship opportunities.

I am a descendant of an enrolled Tribal member, do I qualify?

In order to qualify you must be an enrolled Pueblo of Isleta Tribal Member as indicated on your Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB). Your enrollment number should begin with an “I”.

 Have you received my documents?

The Pueblo of Isleta Department of Education (POI/DOE) utilizes an online application system that includes the ability to upload most required documents. The Financial Need Analysis Form and the Official Transcripts must be mailed/emailed directly to the Department of Education from the reporting agency. If your document(s) is/are not acceptable, you will receive an email from


What are the deadline dates to submit my application and supporting documents?

The absolute deadline dates for the application are:

Fall Term/Semester – July 1st

Spring Term/Semester – November 1st

Summer Term/Semester – April 1st


The absolute deadline to submit supporting documents are:

Fall Term/Semester – August 31st

Spring Term/Semester – December 31st

Summer Term/Semester – May 31st

I missed the deadline, what do I do?

The Department of Education does not accommodate late submissions. Please refer to our website for open applications. Applicants who have started the application process but are having issues acquiring documents should remain in contact with the POI/DOE during the application process. The POI/DOE may accept late-completion appeals with extenuating circumstances.

Do I need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

In order to be eligible for funding you must fill out the FAFSA that corresponds with the academic year you are requesting assistance.

Can I fax my Financial Needs Analysis Forms (FNA)?

 FNAs may be faxed or scanned and emailed (preferred) by the reporting agency. Revisions to the FNA will be accepted ongoing.

 What if my schedule changes?

If your schedule changes, please work with your advisor to fill out a new course verification form. Submit the revised course verification form and your new schedule to the POI/DOE along with the reasoning. Be sure to immediately notify the Department of any changes.

What are your requirements?

You must be an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta, be accepted into an accredited Institution, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), submit a Student Aid Report (SAR), demonstrate proof of High School/GED/HiSET completion. You must submit a Financial Needs Analysis (FNA), your acceptance letter, a degree plan from your institution (advisor signature required), course verification form (advisor signature required), class schedule and official transcripts.

School is about to begin and they haven’t received the check yet; what do I do?

As difficult as it may seem to do, please be patient. The POI/DOE notifies offices of financial aid of student awards to alleviate late fees associated with the arrival of late funds from the Pueblo of Isleta Department of Education. 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, or call our office to verify if the paperwork has been processed. We may be able to tell you when a check will be mailed, but that is not always the case.

What if I fail a class or fall below full-time status?

The Pueblo of Isleta does not pay to retake classes. Therefore, it is in the student’s best interest to work with their advisor and a tutor early in the semester to assure a passing grade or to drop the class. In either case, if you fail a class or do not complete the approved credit hours you will be placed on probation.

How much assistance can I receive for my degree?

Associates Degree: two academic years (four semesters or six quarters)

  • Bachelor’s Degree: five academic years (ten semesters or fifteen quarters)
  • Master’s Degree: two academic years (four semesters or six quarters).
  • Doctoral Degree: three academic years (six semesters or nine quarters).
  • MD, DO, Veterinary, Pharmacy or Pharmacology Degrees: four academic years including summers (twelve semesters or sixteen quarters).