Siksika Nation Post Secondary Student Support Program

Program Description: The Siksika Nation Post Secondary Student Support Program is administered through Old Sun Community College and is designed to help students take the next step towards a post-secondary education. Whether you want to enroll in a program on campus or at another approved college or university, the staff are here to assist you.

BACKGROUND

The objective of the Siksika Nation Post Secondary Student Support Program (S.N.P.S.S.S.P.) is to assist Siksika Nation Members in gaining access to a post-secondary education and to graduate with the qualifications and skills needed to pursue individual careers.

On April 1, 1991 the Siksika Nation took control of the Post Secondary Grants Administration Program from Indigenous Service Canada, (formerly known as the Department of Indian Affairs).

VISION STATEMENT

To strengthen, encourage and protect post secondary educational opportunities for the Siksika Nation.

PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT

Our purpose, being part of the educative body for the people of the Siksika Nation, is to ensure that we improve quality of life in the area of intellectual well-being. Our commitment to this aspect of the mission statement will fulfill our role to the Siksika Nation.

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS JUNE 15 and accepted only once per year.

STUDENT APPLICATION

Applications for financial support must include:

  • A completed application form
  • Documentary proof that the applicant is a Siksika Nation member.
  • Documentary proof of acceptance into an approved post secondary program of studies, registration, fees, transcripts, verification of dependents (if applicable).

NOTE: Additional documentation or information may be requested.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible an applicant must have met university or college entrance requirements and have been enrolled or accepted for enrolment in a post secondary institution for a program of studies that is a minimum of eight months in duration that has a grade 12 equivalence.

New Students:

  • High School Transcript
  • Copy of High School Diploma
  • Most recent Post Secondary Transcript
  • Acceptance Letter from Institution
  • Registration/schedule of classes for fall and winter terms. Schedule and fees can be provided on a semester basis.
  • Fee assessment (total fees charged by the Institution for each term)
  • Verification of dependents if applicable (copy of Health Care cards)
  • Copy of Treaty Status Card (MANDATORY). Letters from membership will not be accepted.

Continuing Students:

  • Transcripts from last academic term or year
  • New registration/schedule of classes for fall and winter terms
  • Fee assessment (total fees charged by the Institution for each term)

NOTE: All documentation should be included with your application. If you are unable to submit all your information please contact the Post Secondary department.

STUDENT PRIORITY CATEGORIES

If support for the number of eligible applicants exceeds the budget then the applicants will be deferred according to the rules set out in the Siksika Nation Post Secondary Student Support Program operating guidelines.

These will be made in accordance with the following student priority categories:

  1. Continuing
  2. Deferred students
  3. New post secondary students
  4. New U.C.E.P.P. students
  5. Students returning to studies
  6. Students suspended for academic reasons

III. TUITION SUPPORT

Tuition support includes students’ fees for registration, tuition and books which are listed as required by the post secondary institution. These are paid in Canadian dollars regardless of the location of the institution.

IV. SUPPORT FOR LIVING EXPENSES

A monthly living allowance is provided to full-time students based on the guidelines as set out by the S.N.P.S.S.S.P. The living allowances will be paid in Canadian dollars regardless of the location of the institution.

A full-time student is one who is enrolled in three or more in-class or an online class in one term, while a part-time student is enrolled in less than three courses. Students must inform the counsellors of any changes regarding course(s).

V. SUPPORT FOR PART-TIME STUDENTS

Part-time students may receive support for tuition and cost of books and supplies which are listed as required by the post secondary institution.

VI. LIMITS OF SUPPORT

Support can be provided for five levels of education.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE ENTRANCE PREPARATION PROGRAM (U.C.E.P.P.)

There is a maximum of two semesters of sponsorship in high school or equivalent courses. Must meet mature student requirements of institution.

LEVEL 1

16 months of sponsorship (usually 8 months per year) in college level program.

LEVEL 2

  1. 32 months of sponsorship (4 years) in an undergraduate degree program through university (Bachelor). At least 4 courses per semester are recommended to complete program in required time.
  2. 40 months sponsorship (5 years) in an undergraduate degree program through university that requires as a prerequisite, a minimum of a three year degree or if the university requires a combined degree.

LEVEL 3

Sponsorship in a graduate level program through a university (Masters). As defined by the institution.

LEVEL 4

Sponsorship in Ph.D. level program through a university. As defined by the institution.


OVERPAYMENTS

Students who have dropped out of a program or have withdrawn prior to the next pay period and who have not informed his/her counsellor will and consequently receive an allowance cheque will constitute an overpayment. The counsellor will inform the student of the overpayment, in writing, requesting the student to discuss a reasonable repayment plan. Failure to comply will jeopardize future sponsorship.

Students who withdraw from a course (s) will be subject to repayment of the tuition fees charged.

APPEAL PROCESS

Any appeals should be addressed to the Post Secondary Director in writing.

SPRING & SUMMER FUNDING

Due to funding constraints, only students who are completing certificates, diplomas and degrees by the following academic year will be sponsored Spring/Summer, pending available funds.

APPLICATION FORM

Siksika Nation Post Secondary Student Support Program Application Form

CONTACT

Phone: 403-734-3862 ext. 227 or Toll Free: 1-888-734-3862
Email: cheryl.solway@oldsuncollege.ca