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Admissions – Welcome!

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.

Why choose NWIC?

Registration Information

New and Returning Students

Students who have not enrolled for classes in more than one calendar year must re-apply.


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. Students who have not enrolled for classes in more than one calendar year must re-apply.


Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at For priority deadlines, please refer to the Financial Aid section of the catalog or contact the Financial Aid Office.

Contact Financial Aid


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.

Book Placement Test


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.


Once you’ve been admitted to NWIC, you are ready to register for classes. 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. Review the Important Dates for registration and tuition deadlines.

Center for Student Success
Contact Information:


Find out how we work with you to evaluate your incoming credits.


Review the flow chart below to see the math course pathways at Northwest Indian College.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

Welcome new students! We’re so excited to have you joining our community. Northwest Indian College has served students since classes were first offered in 1973. 47 years later, we continue to promotes Indigenous self-determination and knowledge to our students. We’re proud of the achievements and successes of our current students and more than 1800 alumni. We look forward to supporting you as you work toward your academic and professional goals.

This orientation is designed to familiarize you with campus and prepare you for your college experience. The experience will be two-fold:

  • Online Orientation Canvas page, which is an interactive page with information designed into modules, and each student will be required to work through and complete the survey at the end of the course.  All new students will be automatically added to this course.  You can return to the course anytime in your Canvas dashboard or by clicking the link below. If you would like to be added to this course, please email
  • Interactive Zoom meeting, where you will meet virtually with staff, faculty, and other new students. There are several meeting times scheduled for you to choose from.

New Student Orientation
virtually: Friday sept. 1, sept. 8, or sept 22
12pm or 5PM

Set up Student Account | 10-11AM 
Orientation – Day | 12 -1PM
Checking in with FA | 1-2PM
Ordering Textbooks | 2-3PM
Technology Success | 3-4PM
Orientation – Evening | 5-6PM


Tuition and Fees

2023-2024 Tuition Rates

Tuition Rates 2023-2024

Credits Resident 2023-2022Non-Resident 2023-2024
10 $990$1,980
11 $1,086$2,178
12 $1,188$2,376
13+ $99 per cr. $198 per cr. 

2023-2024 Fees

Laboratory or materials fees: Certain courses carry laboratory or materials fees. All students are required to pay an enrollment fee and technology fee, and activity fee depending on the number of enrolled credits.

1-5 credit hours:

$35 non-refundable enrollment fee, $50 technology fee. Total fees = $85/qtr

6-11 credit hours:

$35 non-refundable enrollment fee, $50 technology fee, and a $20 student activity fee. Total fees for part-time enrollment = $105/qtr

12-18 credit hours:

$35 non-refundable enrollment fee, $50 technology fee and a $50 student activity fee. Total fees for full-time enrollment = $135/qtr

* An additional $35 non-refundable late enrollment fee may apply

Tuition Waiver – 25% for the 2023-2024 school year!*

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of federal relief funds were dispersed to educational institutions in the United States following the White House’s declaration of a national emergency. Using these grants — collectively known to the College as “CARES Act funding” — Northwest Indian College allocated a high percentage of funds toward direct relief for students, including reducing students’ tuition costs with a tuition waiver. Though we understand our communities still feel the effects of the pandemic and the COVID virus has by no means disappeared, the White House officialy declared an end to the pandemic in April 2023. With this declaration came an end date to CARES Act funding. With feedback from our students, the College has developed a plan to taper off tuition waivers. Tuition waivers will no longer be available after the 2023-2024 school year, ending on June 21, 2024.

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What is a tuition waiver?

A tuition waiver is a reduction of tuition fees. Currently, tuition is $99/credit for resident rate students. This fee will be cut by the percentage of the tuition waiver. For the 2023-2024 school year, that is 25%.

Who is eligible?

All students will receive the tuition waiver, regardless of being a resident or non-resident.

How does it work?

The fee is automatically applied to all students. No application is necessary.

Are summers still free?

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, NWIC proudly offered 100% tuition waivers in the Summer quarters. With the end of CARES Act funding in 2024, Summer 2023 was the final 100% tuition waiver offered. As of right now, 

What about the 50% waiver?

Throughout the pandemic, NWIC proudly offered a 50% tuition waiver throughout the school year (Fall, Winter and Spring quarters) and 100% for the Summer quarter. With feedback from our students, the College developed a “tapering off” plan to offer a waiver as long as possible and prepare students to continue their education at NWIC as the grant closes. The 2022-2023 school year was the last school year for the 50% tuition waiver. The College transitioned to a 25% tuition waiver for the 2023 – 2024 school year.

I’m not sure I can continue my education with the reduced tuition waiver. What can I do?

With a $99/credit for resident student rate, Northwest Indian College is one of the most affordable higher education institutions in Washington State and the nation. With that in mind, we understand that there are still financial barriers for our students and aim to provide scholarships, wrap-around services and other means of assistance to help students be successful. These resources include: Student Connections, which offers scholarship workshops and can connect students to needs-based services; the Northwest Indian College Foundation which offers direct support for current students and previous students who need an Accounts Receivable (AR) hold scholarship; and our Financial Aid office.

Visit our Financial Aid page for more information about scholarships, the Foundation and the Financial Aid office.

* Standard material and lab fees still apply

Student Accounts & Billing

Student Accounts & Billing

Accessing your Student Account

You may access your student account in JICS under the “Finance” Tab. 

When you register for classes or make changes to your registration, you are making a financial commitment to NWIC. Failure to view your account does not negate your responsibility to pay by the due date.

Account Holds

TR Hold (Transcript Request Hold)
Your current balance is somewhere between $0.01 and $499.99. This balance will still allow you to register for courses, however you will not be able to access your unofficial transcripts or even order official transcripts

AR Hold (Accounts Receivable Hold)
Your current balance exceeds $500, and you will not be able to register until your balance is below this amount. Common reasons this happens include not having submitted a copy of your tribal ID or CDIB information when you submitted your application, or not completing verification for financial aid.

Making Payments

  • Go to CASHNet

    You can make a payment against your balance using a credit card, electronic check, or international funds transfer. You can also invite someone else to make a payment on your behalf.

    Payments are typically processed the following business day.

    If you need an account hold removed immediately, please email or call (360) 392-4222.

  • Call the Student Accounts office M-F 8am-5pm:

    Direct Line (360) 392-4222
    Student Accounts Cell Phone (360) 927-4771
    Main: (360) 676-2772 | (866) 676-2772

  • Payments are accepted in-person at the Cashier’s Office, Building 23, Lummi Main Campus M-F 9am-5pm.

  • Email with your phone number and a staff member will contact you when in office to process your credit card over the phone.

  • Check or Money Order payments can be made by mail to:

    Northwest Indian College
    Attn: Accounting
    2522 Kwina Road
    Bellingham, WA

    Please be sure to include your student ID or full name along with the payment. Do not mail cash.

3rd Party Payments

If some or all of your tuition and fees will be paid by a qualified 3rd Party, the authorization guaranteeing payment of a specified amount of your tuition and fees must be received in the Accounts Receivable Office. 

Mail 3rd Party Authorizations to:

Northwest Indian College
Attn: Accounting
2522 Kwina Road
Bellingham, WA 98226

Having a 3rd Party Authorization on file does not remove your responsibility to assure that all tuition and fees are paid. Should your 3rd Party not send a timely payment, the debt will remain on your student account and you will be responsible for any charges.

In addition, if you will be receiving Financial Aid, you should notify the Financial Aid Department ( regarding your eligibility for aid.

Accounting Department Contact Information:

Running Start

Running Start

What is Running Start?

The Running Start Program is a partnership between NWIC and Washington state public high schools. The program offers eligible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take NWIC classes that satisfy both high school and college credit requirements simultaneously, tuition free. Running Start allows a student to get a head start on earning college credits, seek a greater academic challenge, or take courses that are not offered in their high school. Students may enroll concurrently in high school and college classes, or solely in college classes. While tuition for college-level classes is paid by the Running Start Programs, the cost of fees, books and supplies are paid by the students.

To participate in NWIC’s Running Start program, students must take the NWIC placement tests and place at college-level English (English 100 or above). Other criteria and specific procedures for enrolling in courses as a Running Start student are available from the NWIC Office of Admissions.

Students continuing in the Running Start Program are required to submit paperwork quarterly. Students are not charged tuition if they stay within the Running Start eligibility criteria. Students are responsible for all fees.


Running Start Coordinator
Katawny Webber
Phone: 360.392.4273

First Year Experience/ RS Advisor/
Interim-Joan Banel
Phone: 360.392.4331

General Information


Academic Calendars

Academic Year


Summer Quarter 2023Fall Quarter 2023Winter Quarter 2024Spring Quarter 2024
Registration - May 15 to June 30, 2023Registration - May 15 to Sept. 15, 2023Registration - Nov. 6, 2023 to Jan 2, 2024Registration - Feb. 20 to Apr. 5, 2024
Quarter Begins - July 3, 2023Quarter Begins - Sept. 18, 2023Quarter Begins - Jan. 3, 2024Quarter Begins - Apr. 8, 2024
Independence Day -July 4, 2023Veteran’s Day - Nov. 10, 2023Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Jan. 15, 2024Memorial Day - May 27, 2024
Quarter Ends - Aug. 18, 2023Thanksgiving - Nov. 23 & 24, 2023President’s Day - Feb. 19, 2024Quarter Ends - June 21, 2024
-Quarter Ends - December 8, 2023Billy Frank Jr. Day - March 8, 2024Commencement - June 21, 2024
--Treaty Day - Jan. 22, 2024-
--Quarter Ends - March 22, 2024-

Important Dates 2023 - 2024

Important DatesSummer 2023 (2024-10)Fall 2023 (2024-20)Winter 2024 (2024-30)Spring 2024 (2024-40)
RegistrationMay 15 - June 30May 15 - Sept. 15Nov. 6 - Jan. 2Feb. 20 - Apr. 5
Admissions App/Financial Aid - Priority DeadlineNoneJune 15Oct. 15Feb. 1
Graduation App DueNoneJuly 1Oct 15Feb 1
Quarter classes beginJuly 3Sept. 18Jan. 3Apr. 8
Late RegistrationJuly 3 - 7Sept. 18 - 22Jan. 3 - 5Apr. 8 - 12
Permission for Late RegistrationNoneSept. 25 - 29Jan 8 -12Apr 15 - 19
Administrative Drop for Prerequisites and Requirements (Ad/Pr drop)NoneSept. 20Jan. 5Apr. 10
Faculty Discretionary Drops Due (FDD)NoneSep. 29Jan. 12Apr. 19
Last day to register for IL/LC or ABE/GEDJuly 11Oct. 3Jan. 16Apr. 23
Last day for 100% refund for official drop from courses without 'W' on record (Census date)July 13Oct. 5Jan. 18Apr. 25
Midterm WeekNoneOct. 23 - 27Feb. 5 - 9May 6 - 10
Midterm Grading in JICSNoneOct. 21 - 29Feb. 3 - 11May 4 - 12
Last day for official withdrawl (No refund after census date)NoneNov. 9Feb. 23May 24
Incomplete Agreements Due (5pm)Aug. 21Dec. 11Mar. 5June 24
Final Grading in JICSAug. 7 - 21Nov. 27 - Dec. 11Mar. 11 - 25June 3 - June 24
Last day of the quarterAug. 18Dec. 8Mar. 22June 21
Graduation Commencement CeremonyJune 21
Holidays - College Closed
4th of July, observedJuly 4
Veterans DayNov. 10
Thanksgiving HolidayNov 22. (Close at noon)
Thanksgiving HolidayNov. 23 & 24
Christmas HolidayDec. 22, 25
New Year's Dec. 30, Jan. 2
Martin Luther King DayJan. 15
Treaty Day RecognizedJan. 22
Presidents DayFeb. 19
Billy Frank Jr DayMar. 8
Memorial DayMay 27

Quarterly Calendar

Access our Fall 2023 – 2024 Quarterly Calendar here!

Graduation & Commencement

NWIC Graduation and Honors


Graduation is the official awarding of degrees earned while commencement is the event which celebrates the completion of degree programs. 

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.


President’s List

Students completing 12 or more credits with a GPA of 4.00 will be included on the quarterly President’s List.

Dean’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.

NWIC Commencement

2024 Commencement Ceremony

Friday, June 21, 2024  

The Commencement Committee would like to welcome NWIC graduates, families, staff, and faculty to the 2024 Commencement. Event details will be posted here as they become available. 

Graduation and Commencement are Separate

Graduation is the process you go through to have your degree posted to your transcript. Commencement is an annual ceremony (held in June) where we honor your academic accomplishments. If you are completing Northwest Indian College degrees and/or certificates, you may participate in the commencement ceremony. 

Participation in Commencement

April 6 – May 19: Apply for Commencement. You should apply as soon as possible! Application available in the menu to the right.

Graduates Meeting

May 12 @ 1PM: Participants in Commencement MUST attend the NWIC Grad meeting via Zoom. More details can be found in your student email.

2023 Graduates Meeting

Happened: May 12, 2023

2023 Graduates Meeting Slides

Happened: May 12, 2023

Fees & Care Package

$25 fee must be received and processed in order to receive the Care Package. To process this fee, you can either:

  1. Fill out the Credit Card Form and submit to
  2. Email with your phone number and a staff member will contact you when in office to process your credit card over the phone.

COVID-19 Safety

COVID Safety measures will be taken, including sanitation stations and safety booth. If you have had known contact with a person to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days or have any symptoms or feel sick in any way, please stay home. While the event will be outdoors, masks will be required per Lummi Public Health Team requirements. 

A change may occur to the ceremony to ensure safety. 

Tickets & Seating

No tickets are required for guests for the Commencement. Socially distanced seating for Graduates, Faculty, Elders, and limited community & family members will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own chairs to the Stommish grounds to sit with your family. Please prepare for the weather.

Board of Trustees’ Honors Graduate Brunch

This invite-only event celebrates Honors Graduates — those who graduate with a GPA of 3.5 or higher — with a brunch for them and up to two guests. This event is held the day-of Commencement at the Lummi main campus in the morning. Invites are sent via email by the Office of the President. For questions, contact

Program Colors

BSNES – Forrest Green
TGBM – Purple
NSL – Turquoise
CARE – Royal Blue
2 Year Programs – Red & Black

Photography & Livestream

A professional photographer will be at Commencement, so we kindly ask no family approach the stage. Photos of individual participants will be available shortly following the ceremony. An official photo booth will be available to graduates and their families before and after the ceremony for group photos.

The goal of the committee is to have the ceremony streamed live for those who are not able to attend in person. Please check the event page for updates.



Financial Aid

Northwest Indian College administers a broad range of financial aid, scholarships, and work-study programs for students who can demonstrate financial need.

Student Life

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.

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.

Come Back and Finish Your Degree! Limited Time Only: Accounts Receivable (AR) Hold Waiver Plan

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