Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please see our FAQ below. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please read the Financial Aid Handbook, or contact us at financialaid@nwic.edu

Don’t forget to apply for Financial Aid at studentaid.gov!

What types of aid are available?

Northwest Indian College’s Financial Aid office offers the following financial assistance:

Federal Student Aid

Washington State Aid

Institutional Scholarships

  • Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Federal Work Study
  • College Bound Scholarship*
  • Washington College Grant*
  • Passport to College Scholarship*
  • State Work Study
  • NWIC Foundation Scholarships
  • Emergency Aid
  • American Indian College Fund TCU Scholarship
*Students must complete a Financial Aid Data Sheet for these funds to be released. This can be completed on the Financial Aid page on JICS under Online Forms.

Because we want our students graduating debt-free, we do NOT participate in any student loan programs. Many of our students utilize Tribal Higher Education scholarships, and the scholarships in the next section below.

How do I apply?

Students must use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid at Northwest Indian College. Apply online, or you can download the myStudentAid mobile app in the Apple App store (iOS) or the Google Play store (Android). NWIC’s school code is 021800. Students must apply (or re-apply) each year.

If you have never completed a FAFSA before, you must first create a FSA ID. Information on how to create one, can be found here.

The FAFSA becomes available October 1 each year for the next academic year. It utilizes tax information from 2 years prior. For instance, the 2021-2022 FAFSA will be available October 1, 2020 and will use information from tax year 2019. Students should complete their FAFSA as soon as possible, but no later than May 1 for priority consideration for funds-limited awards. Different scholarships have different deadlines, so be sure to apply early and pay attention to deadlines. You may need to submit a separate application for scholarships. Please refer to the list in the section above for more information.

Students who have questions regarding the FAFSA should access the FSA Help Center or contact our office directly. Our contact information is listed below.

What happens after I apply?

After you have successfully submitted your FAFSA, a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent directly to you by the Department of Education via email or mail. Please review the information on your SAR as soon as possible. A copy of the student’s SAR will be sent to the college within approximately 1 business day of the student’s receipt. Students can make corrections online by logging back into their FAFSA or by utilizing the myStudentAid mobile app.

Students who have questions regarding the FAFSA should access the FSA Help Center or contact our office directly. Our contact information is listed below.

Our office will send you a letter in the mail with your next steps and possibly additional documents that need to be completed. (During the COVID-19 related closure, we will send documents to your NWIC student email address.)

What is verification?

Verification is a quality control process triggered by the Department of Education in which the school collects and reviews student documentation to ensure that the student completed their FAFSA correctly. It helps to ensure that awards are going to the students for whom they are intended, in the correct amounts.

Students can be selected for verification based on application discrepancies or random chance. We encourage you to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when you submit your FAFSA. This will minimize your chance of being selected for verification, as well as speed up the process in case you are selected.

Verifications may take up to 6-8 weeks to process. If you are selected for verification, please complete the verification worksheet provided with your letter, and submit all information requested on it. This may include tax transcripts, a copy of your birth certificate, a verification that you did not file taxes, or etc. If you no longer have your letter and verification worksheet or do not know if you’ve been selected, you can view any missing information on your JICS account under Financial Aid. You can also contact our office directly. Our contact information is listed below./p>

How am I awarded?

Once our office has determined that your financial aid file is complete and that you are eligible for aid, we will send you an award letter detailing your award package. Awards may change depending on the student’s eligibility throughout the academic year. Awards can also be viewed on your JICS account under Financial Aid.

How and when do I receive my money?

If you have been awarded financial aid, your aid will be disbursed the third Friday of every quarter (second Friday for Summer quarter). Any recent changes in enrollment may delay a student’s disbursement. In order to receive a disbursement on time, you MUST have completed your financial aid file and received an award package the business week prior to disbursement

Students MUST attend all classes they are receiving aid for to earn a disbursement. Attendance is entered by instructors online. If attendance is not entered, it may delay the student’s disbursement. Please contact your instructor if you have been attending/participating in a class, but do not have attendance logged for that class.

Once you are disbursed, you will receive a notification via your NWIC student email. Your disbursement will be applied to the balance on your student account.* If there are any credit(s) on your account as a result of your disbursement, you will be given the credit(s) in the form of a check. Checks are processed by NWIC’s Accounting department. Inquiries regarding check processing can be directed to studentaccounts@nwic.edu. If you did not receive a disbursement notification via email, please contact the Financial Aid office instead. There may be a problem with your disbursement. Our contact information is listed below. Please note that outside scholarships may be disbursed at different times. Please contact those agencies for information on when you will be disbursed.

What is satisfactory academic progress?

All students who receive financial aid are required to make satisfactory progress towards the educational program they have selected. See 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.

Federal Aid

Each quarter, students who receive federal financial aid must complete at least 67% of their cumulative and quarterly attempted credits and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA. This applies to Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and Federal Work Study.

Warning Status: Students who do not meet satisfactory academic progress for federal aid are placed on Warning status for the next quarter. During the warning quarter, eligible students still qualify for aid. A second quarter of unsatisfactory academic progress will result in suspension of aid.

Suspension Status: Students who do not complete the Warning quarter successfully, 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 that results in a return to Good Standing with their own resources.

State Aid

Each quarter, students who receive state financial aid must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and complete at least 100% of their credits for which they received state aid. If a student completes less than 100%, but at least 50%, the student is in Warning status. If the student completes less than 50%, they are in Denied status. This applies to Washington State Need Grant, College Bound Scholarship, State Work Study, and Passport to College Scholarship.

Warning Status: Students who complete less than 100% of the credits for which their aid was based on, but more than 50%, are placed in Warning status, and must complete the following quarter in Good Standing.

Denied Status: Students who complete less than 50% of the credits for which their aid was based on, will be placed in Denied status. Students who do not complete a Warning quarter in Good Standing by completing 100% of the credits for which their aid was based on, will also be placed in Denied status. 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 that results in a return to Good Standing with their own resources.


Other scholarships may have their own satisfactory academic progress requirements. Please refer to those scholarship requirements.

Can I appeal my suspension?

Yes! Any student placed on suspension or in denied status 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 their 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. To submit an Appeal for Reinstatement, click here.

Students who have more than two successive quarters of non satisfactory academic progress or have already received an approved appeal in their NWIC career may not appeal and must successfully complete a quarter of at least 6 credits on their own. Students must be able to qualify for probation upon the completion of this quarter, which may mean enrolling in more than 6 credits. Please contact our office if you are not sure how many credits you need to be reinstated. Our contact information is listed below

How do I contact the Financial Aid office?

Email us at financialaid@nwic.edu or you can call us directly at (360) 392-4206.

During the COVID-19-related closure, we are communicating via email. If you would like to connect via phone, we can use Zoom to contact you. Zoom offers video and audio connection, and is a free application available on the Apple App store (iOS) and the Google Play store. Please email us to schedule a Zoom appointment. Appointments can be made Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.