Financial Resources

Financial Aid

Northwest Indian College administers a broad range of financial aid, scholarships, and work-study programs for students who can demonstrate financial need. The intent of the Financial Aid Program is to assist those students who could not otherwise afford the cost of an education. Currently, the college can assist eligible students with Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work Study, Washington State Need Grants, State Work Study, tuition waivers, and American Indian College Fund and NWIC Foundation Scholarships. To get an estimate of the costs associated with college, check out the NET PRICE CALCULATOR at the bottom of this page.

How to Start

Students must use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Apply online at . NWIC’s school code for completing the FAFSA is 021800 . Use the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet to prepare your information.  The Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent directly to each student by the Department of Education by email or mail. Please review the information on SAR as soon as possible. A copy of the student’s SAR will be sent to the college within about 1 business day of the student receipt. Students can make corrections online using the PIN. Students who have questions regarding the FAFSA may call the Department of Education at 1-800-433-3243 or come into our office.

Each academic year students must apply (or re-apply) for the Pell Grant via the FAFSA and any other types of aid, grants, and opportunities available through the college, the tribes, and the state and federal governments. The need for financial assistance is based on the student’s (and parents for dependent students) income and family size for the previous full calendar year. See the Financial Aid Handbook at the bottom of this page for more information.

Washington State Aid

State grants and work-study are available to students who have established residency in the Washington State. Evidence of residency generally includes: Residing in Washington for 1 year, both car and drivers licenses issued by Washington State or Washington State Identification for those who do not drive. State need is limited, and is generally available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional Scholarships

There are many scholarships available to students, but it takes time to find and complete the applications. The NWIC Financial Aid office will send announcements of any new or available scholarship to all students through their NWIC student email address. Students may also check the postings in the Financial Aid office or look for available scholarships here:

NWIC Aid Applications

Students receiving State Aid need to complete a NWIC Financial Aid Data Sheet, found at the bottom of this page. Students need only complete this form once unless they have information changes they wish to report.

Basic Food Employment & Training Program (BFET)

The BFET program provides access and services to food stamp recipients in Washington State.  Services include job search and job search training, education and skills training, and support services to Basic Food (food stamp) recipients not participating in the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. For more information, call (360) 392-4275 or email

Eligibility Requirements: Eligible for Basic Food Assistance, Washington State Resident, Household income at or below 200% of poverty level, Enrolled in at least 6 credits; Eligible Programs of Study: Adult Basic Education/GED, Professional Technical Degrees (ATA) and Certificate programs, Training and Workshops for employment; Potential Program Benefits: Monthly Basic Food Assistance from DSHS, Childcare Assistance from DSHS, Tuition & Fees (limited), Books & Supplies (limited).
Students should complete their FAFSA as soon as their taxes are complete, but no later than April 1 for priority consideration for funds-limited awards such as Washington State Need grant. Students who have complete files by the first day of classes will be able to receive their funding on time, but may not be considered for funds-limited awards. Different scholarships have different deadlines, so be sure to apply early and pay attention to deadlines.
Satisfactory Progress
All students who receive Financial Aid are required to make satisfactory progress towards the educational program they have selected. Each quarter, students who receive financial aid must complete at least 67% of their cumulative and quarterly attempted credits and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA. See the catalog or the Financial Aid Handbook for a breakdown of the credit and GPA requirements for satisfactory progress. A review is done at the end of each quarter to ensure that the standards of satisfactory academic progress are being met.
Satisfactory progress policies apply to the following programs at NWIC:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Work Study
  • State Need Grant
  • State Work Study
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Adult Vocational Training
  • Veteran’s Educational Benefits
  • WorkFirst
  • TANF
  • Tribal Funds
  • Institutional opportunities

Financial Aid-Warning Status
Students who do not complete the minimum number of credits or do not earn the required grade point average in a given quarter are placed on Financial Aid warning for the next quarter. During the warning quarter, the eligible students still qualify for aid. A second quarter of unsatisfactory academic progress will result in suspension of aid.
Financial Aid-Suspension Status
Students who do not complete the Warning Quarter successfully or who fail to complete at least one-half of their funded credits in a given quarter will have their financial aid funds suspended for the succeeding quarter. Students who have not made satisfactory progress for the year will be suspended from receiving aid. These students may have the right to petition for reinstatement. Students may be advised to enroll for less that full-time, if their records indicate difficulty in completing 12 credits per quarter. Students will again be eligible for aid after completing one quarter with their own resources.
Appeals Committee
Any student placed on suspension may appeal this decision. Any student who can produce evidence that failure to maintain satisfactory progress was due to special mitigating circumstance (such as illness or death in the immediate family), may appeal for a review of his/her case. The Director of Financial Aid may reinstate the student on a probationary basis, and may impose credit limitations consistent with the student’s history of completion. Students who have more than two successive quarters of non satisfactory academic progress may not appeal and must successfully complete a quarter of at least 6 credits on their own. Students must be able to qualify for good standing upon the completion of their probation or suspension quarter.

Contact the Office of Student Financial Resources for further instructions and assistance.

Tuition Net Price Calculator

File Description
2014-2015 Financial Aid Data Sheet
Financial Aid Handbook 2015-2016
2015-2016 Financial Aid Hand Book