While the student is ultimately responsible for meeting educational costs, most NTU students receive some source of student financial aid. A student’s financial need is determined by an analysis of his/her income (if dependent of a parent, then his/her parent’s income) and other financial resources considered as income (which may not be reported on the income tax form). It is expected that students who plan on attending Navajo Technical College will be responsible for tuition and fees and other college expenses incurred.
The number and amount of financial aid awards is subject to the availability of institutional, federal, and tribal funds. The type of aid and the amount awarded is also determined by the status of the student, established financial need, and the aid they are eligible to receive. NTU complies with grant, tribal, and federal policies and guidelines in reference to the type of awards and grants received and also by the regulations of the Department of Education in reference to Title IV funds.
Financial aid may come in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study programs or a combination thereof. The financial assistance most commonly obtained by NTU students comes through one or more of the following programs:
The Federal Pell Grant (available on-line application)
The Navajo Nation Tribal Scholarship (available on-line application)
The American Indian College Fund (on-line application only)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Federal Work-Study Program
Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
Often students qualify for assistance from more than one source of aid. In such cases, a student’s educational and living expenses may be completely covered through financial aid. If the financial assistance obtained is not sufficient to cover all school and living costs, the student may be eligible to obtain further assistance through alternative sources such as:
Navajo Nation Workforce Development
Tribal Chapter that the student is enrolled
Tribal or State Vocational Rehabilitation Offices
Tribal or State Veterans’ Assistance Offices
National Indian Youth Council
The student may also be able to supplement their financial aid income by obtaining part-time employment, upon availability of funds. The NTU Career/Job Placement Counselor is available to assist students in identifying and procuring work on or off campus.
Eligibility for financial assistance is based on a financial needs assessment. Factors considered in the assessment include:
Student’s expected family contribution (EFC) toward education
Whether student is enrolled full or part-time
The previous year’s household income (based on income tax returns)
Student’s status as a commuter or campus resident
Students must apply for financial aid prior to the beginning of the academic year or semester for which they plan to enroll. This will ensure the timely identification, processing and disbursement of funds for which you may be eligible. Application deadlines for financial assistance vary depending on the source of funding, therefore is crucial for the student to apply early. Stop by the Financial Aid Office to pick up a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The Financial Aid Office is located in the Empowerment Center, rooms 145 and 146.
For more information, students may call the Financial Aid Office at 505 786 4183 or 4309.