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.

All of the programs of study currently available at Northwest Indian College are listed on the NWIC Academics page.

Please note that as of May 2017 the $10.00 Admissions Application Fee was removed as a requirement for a student to be admitted. All students need to submit is their application and a copy of their high school diploma or GED. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 360.392.4269 or



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Admissions Forms

General Admission Procedures

Students who plan to work toward a degree, certificate or award of completion must complete the following admission procedures:

1. Submit a Northwest Indian College Application for Admission form. Application packets may be obtained from the Admissions Office on the Lummi Campus or at any Instructional site. Applications my also be requested by phone, mail, fax or e-mail. Our online application is currently unavailable.

2. Submit a copy of your High School Diploma or GED with the completed Application for Admission. Please submit a copy of either your Highs School Diploma/transcripts or GED with your application. 

3.Send a copy of your tribal certification with the completed Application for Admission.
If you do not have documentation, complete a Northwest Indian College Tribal Certification Release form and send it with your completed Application for Admission.
Please note: Resident tuition rates apply only to students with tribal certification on file or non-resident students who meet the following criteria:

Demonstrated Indian ancestry and live on or near an Indian reservation
Spouse or dependent of a Resident student
Employee of Northwest Indian College or tribal agency within the NWIC service area
Spouse or dependent of Northwest Indian College or tribal agency employee within the NWIC service area
All other students are considered Non-Resident students for tuition paying purposes.

Submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities as soon as possible but not later than the end of the first quarter of enrollment at Northwest Indian College.

Students receiving financial aid or veterans benefits must complete additional paperwork. Since most available aid comes from federal government sources, early application is strongly advised.

2018-2019 Tuition

Credits Resident Non-Resident
1-18 $112/credit $309/credit
Each additional credit hour in excess of 18 hours $112/credit $309/credit

Certain courses carry laboratory or material fees.

Developmental Education courses, which are below 100-level, are tuition-free.


1-11 Credits: $25
12+ Credits: $50

Student Activity Fees

1-11 Credits: $20
12+ Credits: $50

Registration Fees

Regular Registration: $35/quarter
Late Registration: $35/quarter (in addition to the Regular Registration fee)

Resident Students

A resident student is one who is an enrolled member of a federally recognized
tribe or Alaska Native Corporation, a biological child of an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe, or someone who is covered by the Jay Treaty. DOCUMENTATION must be provided to enroll as a resident student. Contact: Admissions, 360-392-4273 for specific instructions.

International Student Admissions

As of spring 2009, because of some changes in the Department of Homeland Security guidelines, NWIC’s administrative management has re-evaluated our college’s guidelines for international applicants. The information below is what has most recently been made available to staff and personnel.

Northwest Indian College is not a SEVP approved school and cannot accept other non-immigrant students for regular admission. Therefore, (such) students can take courses with us for the purposes of recreation or courses of a non-vocational nature, and if they are B-visa students.

International students may take classes at NWIC under the following circumstances:

-They are already enrolled full-time at another SEVP approved school (F-1 or M-1 visa) and are not using NWIC credits to equal full-time enrollment
-They are taking continuing education units (any visa) or,
-They are visitors (B-visa) engaged in study that is merely vocational or recreational in nature.

International students are not eligible for federal or state financial aid. International students are classified as non-residents for tuition paying purposes.

Program of Study Students

Students intending to complete an associate degree, certificate or award of completion are admitted as Program of Study students. They may pursue their academic goals on a part-time or a full-time basis. A full-time credit load is 12-18 credits. Program of Study students are assigned faculty advisors who meet with them (usually once a quarter) to recommend classes that fulfill their academic or employment goals.

Non-Program of Study Students

Non-program of study students are those students taking classes for reasons other than completing a College program such as in-service training or personal enrichment as well as High school students who are supplementing their high school program with college work. High school students must have written permission and recommendations from their high school counselor or principal prior to enrollment.