Due to COVID-19: We are currently serving NWIC Students and the College remotely
Please note all classes for Fall 2020 are online or video conferencing. There are no face to face or in-person classes scheduled for Fall 2020 at any campus. Classes for Lummi Campus are posted under Independent & Online and Video Conference for your virtual classes. Please consult with your advisor or site manager for questions and assistance.
Please check class schedule on your JICs account in Student Logins before the start of the quarter for any changes.
Admission, Registration, and Academic Information
Northwest Indian College primarily focuses on recruiting Native-American, Alaska Native, and Canadian First Nations students, but follows an ‘open door’ admissions policy. Anyone who has graduated from high school or the equivalent may be accepted into Northwest Indian College. Students who are under the age of 18 without a High School Diploma or the equivalent must obtain permission from their parent or legal guardian and the school district before enrolling for college-level courses in the Running Start program. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information on the Running Start Program. Students who are not prepared to begin college-level courses are provided with a wide variety of developmental course work designed to prepare them for more advanced study and to pursue programs suited to their interests and aptitude.
NWIC Registration Information
Registration is the way you become a student at NWIC. Once admitted, every NWIC student must register each quarter. The registration process includes meeting with an advisor, enrolling in classes, paying financial obligations, and completing any other information forms as needed. Students may update their address and other contact information online through the student information system also known as JICS ( Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution).
The registration calendar has three critical dates: Regular Registration, Late Registration, and Permission for Late Registration. Students are responsible for knowing and adhering to these dates, which are available online.
Center for Student Success
NWIC Registration Procedures
New and Returning Students
Submit a completed NWIC Admission Application to the Office of Admissions, a copy of your high school diploma or equivalent, and a copy of your Tribal certification, Tribal enrollment card, or letter of documentation from your federally recognized Tribe (if applicable). Documentation is necessary to determine resident student status to be eligible for the resident student tuition rate. For residency-related questions, please contact Admissions.
#2 FINANCIAL AID:
Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. For priority deadlines, please refer to the Financial Aid section of the catalog or contact the Financial Aid Office.
New students and transfer students who have not taken college-level Math and/or English are required to take a placement test. Transfer students who have taken college-level Math and/or English are required to submit official transcripts and need to fill out a Transfer Evaluation Request Form.
Meet with your advisor to review placement results and/or transcripts and discuss
educational goals to develop an educational plan.
Register for classes, pay tuition/fees, and purchase textbooks.
Meet with your advisor quarterly to review your educational and career goal, confirm your
courses of study and check on your progress toward graduation.
Register for classes, pay tuition/fees, and purchase textbooks.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
NWIC is committed to facilitating student success.
Students maintaining either a cumulative or the most recent quarterly 2.0 grade point average are considered to be making satisfactory academic progress in their program of study.
Students are expected to maintain satisfactory progress toward completion of the educational program they have selected. Low grades are a warning to the student to improve their educational performance. Students should seek help from instructors and/or advisors to resolve issues that might be affecting performance. In addition, the student should contact the financial aid office regarding the effect on student aid eligibility.
NWIC has adopted a non-punitive ‘satisfactory progress’ policy under which students with low grade point averages or numerous course withdrawals, drops, or Incompletes are allowed
to re-enroll in subsequent quarters. If an unsatisfactory pattern develops in the student’s progress toward program completion, the college employs interventions (counseling, hearings with an academic committee, referral to external helping agencies, etc) as conditions of re-enrollment. Students with academic achievements below the standards will receive an academic warning. These students will be encouraged to meet with a faculty advisor or academic advisor, and enrollment in the subsequent quarter may be limited to a reasonable amount of credits.
Grade Grade Point GPA Requirements
The student has met or exceeded the highest level of the course requirements.
The student has met the course requirements above the satisfactory level.
The student has met the course requirements at the satisfactory level.
The student has met the course requirements at the minimum level. However, the student has not met all of the course requirements at the satisfactory level.
F 0.00 The student has not met the course requirements at the minimum level.
|Grade||Grade Point||GPA Requirements|
|The student has met or exceeded the highest level of the course requirements.|
|The student has met the course requirements above the satisfactory level.|
|The student has met the course requirements at the satisfactory level.|
|The student has met the course requirements at the minimum level. However, the student has not met all of the course requirements at the satisfactory level.|
|F||0.00||The student has not met the course requirements at the minimum level.|
Northwest Indian College uses the following symbols for grading courses:
ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-2021
|Summer Quarter 2020||Fall Quarter 2020||Winter Quarter 2021||Spring Quarter 2021|
|Quarter Begins-June 29, 2020||Quarter Begins-September 21, 2020||Quarter Begins-January 6, 2021||Quarter Begins-April 5, 2021|
|Independence Day-July 3, 2020||Veteran’s Day-November 11, 2020||MLK/Treaty Day Observed-January 21, 2021||Memorial Day-May 31, 2021|
|Quarter Ends-August 7, 2020||Thanksgiving-November 26-27, 2020||President’s Day-February 15, 2021||Quarter Ends-June 18, 2021|
|Quarter Ends-December 11, 2020||Billy Frank Jr. Day-March 9, 2021||Commencement-June 18, 2021|
|Quarter Ends-March 26, 2021|
*2021-2022 Calendar will be updated mid-April
*Registration for Summer/Fall 2021-2022 will open May 10, 2021
|Important Dates||Summer 2020 (AY 2021)||Fall 2020 (AY 2021)||Winter 2021 (AY 2021)||Spring 2021 (AY 2021)|
|Registration||May 11 – June 26||May 11 – Sept 18||Nov 9 – Jan 5||Feb 22 – Apr 2|
|Admissions App/Financial Aid – Priority deadline||None||July 01||Oct 15||Feb 01|
|Graduation Apps Due||None||July 01||Oct 15||Jan 31|
|Quarter Classes Begin||June 29||Sept 21||Jan 06||Apr 05|
|Late Registration||June 29-July 02||Sept 21-25||Jan 6-8||Apr 5-9|
|Permission for Late Registration (Blue Slip)||None||Sept 28-Oct 02||Jan 11-15||Apr 12-16|
|Administration Drop for Prerequisites and Requirements (5pm)||None||Sept 23||Jan 08||Apr 07|
|Faculty Discretionary Drops Due (FDD)||None||Oct 02||Jan 15||Apr 16|
|Last Day to Register for LC or CEU (including ABE, GED)||July 07||Oct 06||Jan 19||Apr 20|
|Last Day for 100% Refund for Official Withdrawal from Courses (Census Date)||July 09||Oct 08||Jan 21||Apr 22|
|Midterm||None||Oct 26-30||Feb 08-12||May 10-14|
|Midterm Grading in JICS||None||Oct 24-Nov 01||Feb 6-14||May 08-16|
|Last Day to Officially Withdrawal (No refund after census date)||None||Nov 13||Feb 26||May 28|
|Incomplete Agreements Due (5pm PST)||Aug 10||Dec 14||March 29||June 21|
|Last Day to Request S/U Grading *(during COVID-19 Pandemic)||Nov 30||Mar 19||TBD|
|Final Grading in JICS||July 24-Aug 10||Nov 30-Dec 14||March 15-29||June 07-21|
|Last Day of the Quarter||Aug 07||Dec 11||March 26||June 18|
|Graduation Commencement Ceremony||June 18|
|Holidays - College Closed|
|4th of July||July 03|
|Veterans Day||Nov 11|
|Thanksgiving Holiday||Nov 25 (12p Close)|
|Thanksgiving Holiday||Nov 26-27|
|Martin Luther King Day||Jan 18|
|Presidents Day||Feb 15|
|Billy Frank Jr. Day||March 09|
|Memorial Day||May 31|
Northwest Indian College has made reasonable effort to provide accurate information on this website at the time of posting. However, the College reserves the right to make appropriate changes in policies, procedures, calendars, program requirements, courses and fees without notice, and information contained in this catalog is subject to change without notice by the College President and the Board of Trustees.
Students who have maintained continuous enrollment have the option of completing the program requirements in effect in the current online catalog at the time they first enrolled or those in effect during the last quarter of attendance in which the program requirements were completed. Continuous enrollment is defined as enrolled in credit courses without interruption for more than two consecutive quarters (excluding summer quarter). If a student does not maintain continuous enrollment, he/she will be expected to satisfy any new requirements instituted in the catalog under which they re-enroll.
Northwest Indian College does not currently allow more than one degree per program type at the same degree level. Please contact your Advisor for more information.
Academic Standards Information
NWIC Academic Standards
One credit hour is assigned in the following ratio of component hours per week devoted to the course of study and based on the quarter system, which conforms to the definition of the “Carnegie Unit,” and is further described in the credit and credit load definition.
Definitions of Student
A student who has completed fewer than 45 college- level* credits.
A student who has completed at least 45 and fewer than 90 college-level credits. A student who has completed 90 or more college-level credits but has not declared a baccalaureate program of study will be considered a sophomore.
A student who has completed at least 90 and fewer than 135 college-level credits and has declared a baccalaureate program of study.
A student who has completed at least 135 college- level credits and has declared a baccalaureate program of study.
* College-level courses are those courses numbered 100 and above.
Graduation – Honors – Transferring Credits
NWIC Graduation, Honors, and Transfer of Credits
Students must complete an application for graduation no later than the first three weeks of the quarter before the student plans to graduate. Degrees are not automatically granted upon completion of requirements. The application must be completed through JICs. A $10 fee applies.
- Apply for graduation, stating the degree intended and the quarter in which it is anticipated.
- Complete, with a passing grade, all course requirements as specified by program.
- Complete NWIC required core courses and HMDV 110 and CMPS 101 or above. HMDV 110 may be waived for students transferring in 45 college-level credits or more from an accredited institution.
- For Associate degrees, earn a minimum of 25 college level credits (100 and above) at NWIC. For Bachelor degrees, earn a minimum of 35 college level credits at NWIC.
- For Bachelor degrees, earn a minimum of 60 upper division credits (300-499).
- Obtain a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all college course work.
- Meet all NWIC financial obligations to the College.
- Transfer credits must be processed at least one quarter prior to graduation.
Commencement – Ceremony Honoring Graduates
Northwest Indian College holds one ceremony per year at the end of spring quarter to honor those who have graduated the previous summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters. Students must complete an online commencement application. Students must have completed all graduation requirements or be currently enrolled in all remaining requirements to be eligible to participate in commencement. Participation in commencement requires a $50.00 fee, half of which is refundable upon return of NWIC property.
Please note: participation in the ceremony does not denote completion of graduation requirements. Degrees and certificates are not awarded or recorded until all credit requirements are completed. Official degrees are posted to the transcript and a diploma is printed once the final credits are completed and verified by the Registrar. The official transcript is the official document of program and course completion.
Students completing 12 or more credits with a GPA of 4.00 will be included on the quarterly President’s List.
Students completing 12 or more credits with a GPA of 3.50 or higher, will be included on the quarterly Dean’s List.
TRANSFER OF CREDITS
Transferring Credits or a Degree from NWIC to Another Institution
The AAS degrees earned by students of Northwest Indian College are intended to meet the Washington State Direct Transfer Agreement in accordance with Intercollege Relations Com mission (ICRC) guidelines. This means a student completing an AAS degree with Northwest Indian College can potentially transfer to another Washington State Higher Education Institution and transfer up to 90 credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree.
In the event a student transfers outside of Washington State, or before completing a degree program, each credit earned will be evaluated individually for transferability by the admitting institution in that state.
NWIC Enrollment Policy
Northwest Indian College’s primary focus is on recruiting Native American and First Nations (Canadian) students but follows an “open door” admissions policy.
Anyone who is 18 years of age or older and who has graduated from high school or completed a GED may enroll. Students who are between the ages of 16 and 18, who have completed a high school diploma or GED, must obtain permission from their school district before enrolling for college or high school level courses. Students 16 years of age and older are eligible to enroll in Continuing Education (CEU) courses. Students who are not prepared to begin college level courses are provided with a wide variety of developmental course work designed to enable them to prepare for more advanced study and to pursue programs suited to their interests and aptitude.
*As of July 1, 2015, students are REQUIRED to submit a copy of a high school diploma or GED before their application is considered accepted.
If you have any questions please contact the Enrollment Office at 360-392-4245 or with the form below:
Enrollment & Registration Forms
NWIC students are encouraged to engage and integrate into the life of the institution. Students are offered opportunities to participate in enrichment activities through Student Affairs, student government, and residence life.
Northwest Indian College administers a broad range of financial aid, scholarships, and work-study programs for students who can demonstrate financial need.
NWIC Extended Campus Locations
Northwest Indian College‘s main campus is located at the Lummi Nation. The College also has six full service extended campus sites located at Muckleshoot, Nez Perce, Nisqually, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Swinomish, and Tulalip. Please use the location links to view details for each extended campus site.