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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.

Why choose NWIC?

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Information Request


Program of Study


Program of Study


FERPA Waiver


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.

Registration Information


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
Contact Information:

Tuition and Fees

2021-2022 Tuition Rates

Tuition Rates 2021-2022

Credits Resident 2021-2022Non-Resident 2021-2022
10 $990$1,980
11 $1,086$2,178
12 $1,188$2,376
13+ $99 per cr. $198 per cr. 

2021-2022 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

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

  • 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 11, Lummi Main Campus M-F 9am-5pm.

    *Note: NWIC accounting staff are working remotely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The best communication option is email.

  • 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:

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.


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.


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.

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/ Testing Coordinator
Shoshaunee Perez
Phone: 360.392.4243

General Information


Academic Calendars

Academic Year

2021-2022 Academic Year


Summer Quarter 2021Fall Quarter 2021Winter Quarter 2022Spring Quarter 2022
Registration - May 17 to July 02, 2021Registration - May 17 to Sept 17, 2021Registration - Nov 8 to Jan 5, 2022Registration - Feb 22 to Apr 5
Quarter Begins-July 06, 2021 Quarter Begins-September 20, 2021 Quarter Begins-January 6, 2022Quarter Begins-April 6, 2022
Independence Day -July 4, 2021Veteran’s Day-November 11, 2021 MLK/Treaty Day Observed-January 17, 2022 Memorial Day-May 30, 2022 
Quarter Ends-August 20, 2021Thanksgiving-November 25-26, 2021President’s Day-February 21, 2022Quarter Ends-June 17, 2022
Quarter Ends-December 10, 2021Billy Frank Jr. Day-March 9, 2022Commencement-June 17, 2022
Quarter Ends-March 25, 2022
2021-2022 Academic Year

Important Dates 2021-2022

Important DatesSummer 2021 (AY 2022)Fall 2021 (AY 2022)Winter 2022 (AY 2022)Spring 2022 (AY 2022)
RegistrationMay 17 - July 2May 17 - Sept 17Nov 8 - Jan 5Feb 22 - Apr 5
Admissions App/Financial Aid - Priority DeadlineNoneJune 15Oct 15Feb 1
Graduation App DueNoneJuly 1Oct 15Jan 31
Quarter classes beginJuly 6Sept 20Jan 6Apr 6
Late RegistrationJuly 6- July 9Sept 20-24Jan 6 - 7Apr 6 - 8
Permission for Late RegistrationNoneSept 27 - Oct 1Jan 10 - 14Apr 11 - 15
Administrative Drop for Prerequisites and Requirements (5pm) (Ad/Pr drop)NoneSept 22Jan 10Apr 8
Faculty Discretionary Drops Due (FDD)NoneOct 1Jan 14Apr 15
Last day to register for IL/LC or ABE/GEDJuly 13Oct 5Jan 18Apr 19
Last day for 100% refund for official drop from courses without “W” on Record (Census Date)July 15Oct 7Jan 20Apr 21
Midterm WeekNoneOct 25 -29Feb 7 - 11May 9 - 13
Midterm Grading in JICSNoneOct 23 - Oct 31Feb 5 - 13May 7 - 15
Last day to officially withdraw* (No Refund after Census Date)NoneNov 12Feb 25May 27
Incomplete Agreements Due (5pm)Aug 23Dec 13Mar 28June 20
Final Grading in JICSAug 9- Aug 23Nov 29 - Dec 13Mar 14 - 28June 6 - June 20
Last day of the quarterAug 20Dec 10Mar 25June 17
Graduation Commencement CeremonyJune 17
Holidays - College Closed
4th of July, observedJuly 5
Veterans DayNov 11
Thanksgiving HolidayNov 24, 12pm Close
Thanksgiving HolidayNov 25, 26
Christmas HolidayDec 24, 27
New Year's Dec 31, Jan 1
Martin Luther King DayJan 17
Presidents DayFeb 21
Billy Frank Jr DayMar 9
Memorial DayMay 30

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


Congratulations to our 2022 Graduates!

Please stay tuned for a video and photos, and don’t forget to add #NWICGrad2022 to your photos!

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 20: Apply for Commencement. You should apply as soon as possible! Application available in the menu to the right.

Graduates Meeting

May 13 @ 1PM: Participants in Commencement MUST attend the NWIC Grad meeting via Zoom. More details can be found in your student email.

2022 Graduates Meeting

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2022 Graduates Meeting Agenda

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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.

Honors Reception

More info to come soon. Hosted by the NWIC Board of Trustees

Program Colors

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

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.

Commencement 2022 Photo Tips

Review some tips for submitting your commencement photo.



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.

Financial Aid

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.

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