NEWS RELEASE                     

For Immediate Release 


  Eric Davis,  Marketing & Communications Director
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  Nena Martinez Anaya,  Chief Admissions & Student Success Officer
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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
Awards CARES Act Payments to Students 

Checks Processed Quickly to Get Aid Into Their Hands

Santa Fe, NM - April 28, 2020

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has been granted funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which provides emergency assistance to students, among others. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. The Institute of American Indian Arts determined that the emergency funds will be distributed to all undergraduate, degree-seeking students based upon current enrollment.  

A team of IAIA staff helped allocate the funding of $171,260 that was received for qualified students. IAIA based the amounts on enrollment and determined that:  

$700 is to be distributed to full-time students (12-18 credits)
$525 is to be distributed to ¾ time enrollment (9 credits)
$350 is to be distributed to ½ time (6 credits)
$175 is to be distributed to less than half-time students (3 credits) 

An email was sent to each student who qualifies for the payment, asking for their acknowledgement that they will be using the funds for housing, food, and childcare .  

The CARES Act does not allow  international students, undocumented students, or students enrolled in distance-only degree programs to receive funds. We have made other emergency funds available to these students and will continue with the standing emergency aid program. 

The CARES Act checks for IAIA Students

Th e team that put forth tremendous effort to get the funding out to students quickly -- IAIA received the money on Monday and the checks were ready for disbursement on Friday -- includes:  Nona Naranjo  (Santa Clara Pueblo), Student Accounts Specialist;  Scott, Whitaker , Financial Aid Director;  Dr. Bill Sayre , IR Director;  Anita Gavin , IR Associate Director;  Nena Martinez Anaya,  Chief Admissions & Student Success Officer;  and Aimee Balthazar, Controller. 

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) commented, "The coronavirus pandemic has been disruptive for our students. Native populations are particularly vulnerable, but they are also resilient. In supporting our students during this challenging and stressful period, they can be successful. Congress's swift action to enact this legislation and earmarking these funds for our students, is an illustration of effective leadership in mitigating, in part, the effects of this pandemic crisis."

Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, and Performing Arts -- an MFA in Creative Writing -- along with certificates in Business and EntrepreneurshipMuseum Studies, and Native American Art History -- IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves 495 full time equivalent (FTE) Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe.  IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission -- and is the only college in New Mexico accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

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About IAIA  -- For over 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression. With an internationally acclaimed college, museum, and tribal support resource through our Land Grant Programs, IAIA is dedicated to the study and advancement of Native arts and cultures -- and committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities.  Learn more about IAIA and our mission at
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